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    Some of you already know this tidbit, but I'm a huge fan of TechDirt. It's a fantastic site to keep on top of news as it relates to the Internet, copyright, patent law, and all things electro-legal.

    Today one of the articles I read was about The Companies Who Support Internet Censorship. I would highly suggest it as a read for everyone.

    Here's the list of companies that Mike Masnick calls out as supporters of censorship;

    * Nike - Beaverton, OR
    * Achushnet - Fairhaven, MA
    * Curb Music Publishing - Nashville, TN
    * NBC Universal - New York, NY
    * Viacom - New York, NY
    * Callaway - Carlsbad, CA
    * Cleveland Golf - Huntington Beach, CA
    * Rosetta Stone - Arlington, VA
    * Activision - Santa Monica, CA
    * Adidas Group - Portland, OR
    * Xerox - Norwalk, CT
    * Hastings Entertainment, Inc. - Amarillo, TX
    * Fortune Brands - Deerfield, IL
    * Coty Inc. - New York, NY
    * EDGE Entertainment Distribution - Streetsboro, OH
    * Oakley, Inc. - Foothill Ranch, CA
    * PING - Phoenix, AZ
    * Louis Vuitton - New York, NY
    * D'Addario and Company - Farmingdale, NY
    * Monster Cable Products, Inc. - Brisbane, CA
    * Tiffany and Co. - New York, NY
    * Farouk Systems, Inc. - Houston, TX
    * Beam Global - Deerfield, IL
    * Chanel USA - New York, NY
    * True Religion Apparel, Inc. - Vernon, CA
    * Concord Music Group - Beverly Hills, CA
    * Village Roadshow Pictures - Beverly Hills, CA
    * National Basketball Association - New York, NY
    * National Football League - New York, NY
    * The Collegiate Licensing Company/IMG College - Atlanta, GA
    * Anderson Merchandisers - Amarillo, TX
    * Trans World Entertainment Corporation - Albany, NY
    * Timberland - Stratham, NH
    * Major League Baseball - New York, NY
    * Lightening Entertainment/Mainline Releasing - Santa Monica, CA
    * Sierra Pictures - Beverly Hills, CA
    * Voltage Pictures LLC - Los Angeles, CA
    * Worldwide Film Entertainment LLC - Westchester, CA
    * Nu Image, Inc. - Los Angeles, CA
    * Burberry Limited - New York, NY
    * Big Machine Records - Nashville, TN
    * The Little Film Company - Studio City, CA
    * Columbia Sportswear Company - Portland, OR

    Read the full article though as it has more background information that's helpful. Personally; I'm going to avoid supporting these companies and their products through whatever means I can. I am absolutely disgusted with the way the US political and legal system is catering to these companies while constantly eroding CONSUMER rights in copyright space.
    Diplomacy is the art of saying "good doggie" while looking for a bigger stick.

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    Re: Companies Supporting Internet Censorship

    Gee, I wonder if it's a coincidence that all those clothing companies that have been known to use questionable sources of labor are all fans of censorship.
    *roll eyes*

    And then the rest are almost all the requisite evil publishing companies that rape and pillage their indentured artists.
    *roll eyes so hard the friction sets them on fire*

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    • #3
      Re: Companies Supporting Internet Censorship

      Originally posted by Flarfignuggen View Post
      Gee, I wonder if it's a coincidence that all those clothing companies that have been known to use questionable sources of labor are all fans of censorship.
      *roll eyes*

      And then the rest are almost all the requisite evil publishing companies that rape and pillage their indentured artists.
      *roll eyes so hard the friction sets them on fire*
      Funny I was about to bring up the same thing. Sadly I didn't see any cable companies or other internet service providers (unless they're lumped into a parent company I'm missing). I know for sure Time Warner Cable would love to censor and protect interests of their business partners and offer us even worse service than they do already.

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      • #4
        Re: Companies Supporting Internet Censorship

        Whats with all the sporting companies like PING, callaway, nike and the major leaguers?? Why are they so pro internet censorship?

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        • #5
          Re: Companies Supporting Internet Censorship

          Internet censorship = more control of information. If there's more control of information it makes it easier to do wrong things and not get found out for it.
          Anger is a gift - Malcolm X

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          • #6
            Re: Companies Supporting Internet Censorship

            Sirius: Viacom is on the list, which isn't a surprise at all since they've got a profound history in whining over youtube 'copyright infringment' and other lunatic stuff.
            "Oh noes, free ads... nuh!"
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            • #7
              Re: Companies Supporting Internet Censorship

              Originally posted by Vouk View Post
              Sirius: Viacom is on the list, which isn't a surprise at all since they've got a profound history in whining over youtube 'copyright infringment' and other lunatic stuff.
              "Oh noes, free ads... nuh!"
              Oh I know, my friend did a "Let's Play" of Mass Effect (basically them playing the game through with their commentary) and Viacom instantly banned all his videos because the Sci-Fi channel ran a half hour promo video for Mass Effect weeks before launch. If that doesn't scream unnecessary censorship, I don't know what does.

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              • #8
                Re: Companies Supporting Internet Censorship

                Did he USE any of the Sci-Fi channel footage?

                Plus... I think that would fall under fair use... Criticism or parody or something like that, hrm. Anyways! They suck and I try to boycott them as best as I can.
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                • #9
                  Re: Companies Supporting Internet Censorship

                  Originally posted by Sirusblk View Post
                  Oh I know, my friend did a "Let's Play" of Mass Effect (basically them playing the game through with their commentary) and Viacom instantly banned all his videos because the Sci-Fi channel ran a half hour promo video for Mass Effect weeks before launch. If that doesn't scream unnecessary censorship, I don't know what does.
                  Where was this video your friend did displayed? Youtube? Viacom doesn't have any ability to directly ban video on Youtube. The worst they can do is file a DMCA takedown. If the video was non-infringing and truly fair use, you could file a counter-notice with Youtube and get the video re-instated. Your friend could actually SUE Viacom if it was obvious that the DMCA takedown was issued in bad faith.
                  Diplomacy is the art of saying "good doggie" while looking for a bigger stick.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Companies Supporting Internet Censorship

                    DMCA are being filed like it's a thumbs down. It's just ridiculous.
                    I think the whole process should be much more difficult, since people or companies often don't use DMCAs to get their right but to cut the rights of others.
                    Even if it's more than plain obvious that the purpose of the video is criticism. Well maybe especially then...

                    YouTube seems to just block videos when a DMCA was filed, there seems to be no review and it's just a lot of effort and work for the uploader to get it all right again.
                    And well... suing companies over false DMCA claims... I don't know, costs a lot of money, time and effort. And the outcome? Mh...
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                    • #11
                      Re: Companies Supporting Internet Censorship

                      Originally posted by Vouk View Post
                      DMCA are being filed like it's a thumbs down. It's just ridiculous.
                      I think the whole process should be much more difficult, since people or companies often don't use DMCAs to get their right but to cut the rights of others.
                      Even if it's more than plain obvious that the purpose of the video is criticism. Well maybe especially then...

                      YouTube seems to just block videos when a DMCA was filed, there seems to be no review and it's just a lot of effort and work for the uploader to get it all right again.
                      And well... suing companies over false DMCA claims... I don't know, costs a lot of money, time and effort. And the outcome? Mh...
                      YouTube is OBLIGATED to remove content when a DMCA takedown is filed. But they will also put it back up if you follow the simple counter-notice process on the site. At that point, the company that filed the DMCA takedown can choose to pursue the matter through the court system if they so desire. Most people just don't exercise their rights and allow big media to control their every move through DMCA.
                      Diplomacy is the art of saying "good doggie" while looking for a bigger stick.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Companies Supporting Internet Censorship

                        I can live without all those companies. Except one. Oakley. They never did me wrong. Even gave me free glasses when I was in Iraq.

                        It just amazes me the level these companies go to in order to put clamps on information. Why? Its stupid. I'm sure there are a lot of underlying things and things these companies dont want known.

                        Meh. These days, nothing surprises me anymore.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Companies Supporting Internet Censorship

                          Originally posted by Dredge View Post
                          I can live without all those companies. Except one. Oakley. They never did me wrong. Even gave me free glasses when I was in Iraq.

                          It just amazes me the level these companies go to in order to put clamps on information. Why? Its stupid. I'm sure there are a lot of underlying things and things these companies dont want known.

                          Meh. These days, nothing surprises me anymore.
                          A lot of it has nothing to do with information leaking out. In many cases it is simply brand protection. Stupid things like a competing eyewear company using another companies trademarks as a keyword for Google Adwords so if someone searches for the trademark named glasses they might see ads for another eyewear company selling competing products.

                          Some companies absolutely FLIP if you sell their products outside of their own official channels. Many of these companies simply ignore the first sale doctrine.
                          Last edited by Apophis; 01-21-2011, 12:36 PM.
                          Diplomacy is the art of saying "good doggie" while looking for a bigger stick.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Companies Supporting Internet Censorship

                            Originally posted by Apophis View Post
                            Many of these companies simply ignore the first sale doctrine.
                            What is the first sale doctrine??

                            I deserve a ribbon for Mortar Specialist

                            Artillery conquers and infantry occupies.
                            J.F.C. Fuller

                            Proud to have been a member of the 5th, 71st and my beloved 19th

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                            • #15
                              Re: Companies Supporting Internet Censorship

                              Originally posted by HiTestFest View Post
                              What is the first sale doctrine??
                              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First-sale_doctrine

                              Basically; when you purchase a product it is yours to do what you want. If you buy a DVD, you can resell it to someone else. If you buy 20 pairs of sunglasses, you can sell them on Ebay. If you buy a video game, you can loan it to someone else.
                              Diplomacy is the art of saying "good doggie" while looking for a bigger stick.

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