Friday, June 3, 2011

Embedding Youtube Vids To Be A Felony

Techdirt reports that Senate bill 978 – a bill to amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes – may be used to prosecute people for embedding YouTube videos.
According to Mark Masnick, if a website embeds a YouTube video that is determined to have infringed on copyright and more than 10 people view it on that website, the owner or others associated with the website could face up to five years in prison.

What can I say?  This is the government "we" voted for.  Apparently the whole notion of freedom is a lot less attractive than it used to be.  The TSA groped a woman in Texas and as she screamed and begged for a policeman, the TSA goons blocked the video shoot.  (I would post the vid from youtube but I don't have time to go to jail.)  This is what we want.  Government intrusion into every corner of our lives.

Here's a judge ruling that a prayer is illegal at a high school graduation
Judge Biery’s ruling banned students and other speakers from using religious language in their speeches. Among the banned words or phrases are: “join in prayer,” “bow their heads,” “amen,” and “prayer.”
He also ordered the school district to remove the terms “invocation” and “benediction” from the graduation program.
“These terms shall be replaced with ‘opening remarks’ and ‘closing remarks,'” the judge’s order stated. His ruling also prohibits anyone from saying, “in [a deity’s name] we pray.”
Should a student violate the order, school district officials could find themselves in legal trouble. Judge Biery ordered that his ruling be “enforced by incarceration or other sanctions for contempt of Court if not obeyed by District official (sic) and their agents.”

This country was founded on the idea of freedom of religion.  Now if one person complains, you can be thrown into jail.  In New Jersey a cross had to be covered and people enter the building from a side door just so one person wouldn't be offended.

I would write a book about this but I already did.  So...I thought I would live to see a nuclear war but I never thought we would just give up our freedom like this without a whimper without a protest, instead embracing the government as our new masters.  Truly, 1984 has arrived.

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