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MPAA Boss Defends Censorships With Blatantly False Claims http://tinyurl.com/3x66kl5

If you’re for the usupportable COICA try not lying! COICA would have prevented YouTube from ever getting established, would tackle music lockers and music search engines. In fact any innovation the existing power brokers would simply be banned without any review, just in a nice cosy arrangement.

Every statement made by an MPAA representative can be safely assumed to be lacking in factual support: in other words a lie. The “reports” they quote are mostly made up and only consider one side of the equation, even after they double or triple count on their side.

The MPAA “reports” have never been even submitted to peer review (the standard for scientific papers) and consistently debunked by the Federal Government Accounting Office and anyone without their agenda. Their agenda is to protect their business model so they would enjoy the near-monopoly “rents” they’ve enjoyed in the past, even though the technology that enabled those monopoly rents has been superseded.

If your business needs intrusive legislation, almost certainly a breach of the First Amendment, then you have already failed. When you’re fighting your customers every day, you’ve already failed.

It’s a long article but it’s well worth the read.

What’s scary is that there are still people, and people in power, who will believe Pisano’s blatantly false and misleading claims here and will push forward in favor of government censorship of websites, contrary to the very clear rules of the First Amendment. In the end, it’s hard to see how COICA would pass even a rudimentary First Amendment review — as more and more First Amendment experts are noticing

It’s really quite distressing the level of blatant falsehoods that the MPAA will spew in favor of getting the US to become a regime of censorship.

While COICA has almost no chance of passing in this Congress, here are the 19 Senators who were quite happy to sell out your First Amendment rights to do the bidding of the industry that bought and paid for them.

  • Patrick J. Leahy — Vermont
  • Herb Kohl — Wisconsin
  • Jeff Sessions — Alabama
  • Dianne Feinstein — California
  • Orrin G. Hatch — Utah
  • Russ Feingold — Wisconsin
  • Chuck Grassley — Iowa
  • Arlen Specter — Pennsylvania
  • Jon Kyl — Arizona
  • Chuck Schumer — New York
  • Lindsey Graham — South Carolina
  • Dick Durbin — Illinois
  • John Cornyn — Texas
  • Benjamin L. Cardin — Maryland
  • Tom Coburn — Oklahoma
  • Sheldon Whitehouse — Rhode Island
  • Amy Klobuchar — Minnesota
  • Al Franken — Minnesota
  • Chris Coons — Delaware

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