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Read Reddit's Crowdsourced "Free Internet Act," Which Would Make It Hugely Difficult To Monitor The Web

Read Reddit's Crowdsourced "Free Internet Act," Which Would Make It Hugely Difficult To Monitor The Web

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Read Reddit's Crowdsourced "Free InternetAct," Which Would Make It Hugely DifficultTo Monitor The Web
Kevin Lincoln | Feb. 26, 2012
After playing a major roleindefeating SOPAlegislation,Reddit usersdecided tocraft their own"Free Internet Act," which,they hoped, could be usedas a far more liberalreplacement bill.Idealistic as this sounds, acrowdsourced documentfor how to govern theInternet is an intriguing idea that, one would think, might help maintainfreedoms for web users.Right?Well, the document that has emerged is so weak in protecting copyright that it would likely revert the Internet back to a Wild West-type situationwhere more or less anything goes.Copyright-infringing content can only be policed after it has beenuploaded, and networks hosting the content -- for example,Megaupload orNapster,two historic examples of networks punished severely for hosting illegal content -- would not be held

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