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Note to Congress: Don't touch the NetPosted Wednesday, January 18, 2012, at 10:00 AM
Wikipedia (site down except for statement page) and Google (logo covered) are speaking out against the Protect IP act in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House.
These proposals are meant to cut off Americans' access to foreign websites giving away pirated movies, music, etc. The potential of those bills being just the beginning of future censorship looms over the anti-acts movement.
Fight piracy? Yes.. But Congress is the last institution in the world we need involved. Because once they get their hands into something there's the likelihood they'll go too far.
And speaking of censorship: If Congress succeeds in cutting off funding to National Public Radio -- because, admit it, many feel their programming is too "liberal" -- is that a form of censorship?
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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