MPAA and RIAA are against internet censorship – honest
Here’s a turn up. An organization whose members include the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has been fighting censorship on the internet. True. No joke.
The organization is the Media Coalition, which bills itself as ‘defending the first amendment since 1973’. The censorship is Arizona’s anti-trolling law, H.B. 2549, which says “It is unlawful for any person, with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend, to use any electronic or digital device and use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act, or threaten to inflict physical harm to the person or property of any person.” The intent is clear – to prevent cyber-bullying.
But, says Media Coalition, it amounts to censorship. It wrote to Gov Brewer, saying that Arizona’s law “takes a law meant to address irritating phone calls and applies it to communication on web sites, blogs, listserves and other Internet communication. H.B. 2549 is not limited to a one to one conversation between two specific people. The communication does not need to be repetitive or even unwanted. There is no requirement that the recipient or subject of the speech actually feel offended, annoyed or scared. Nor does the legislation make clear that the communication must be intended to offend or annoy the reader, the subject or even any specific person.”
On its website, MC explains further. “Because the bill is not limited to one-to-one communications, H.B. 2549 would apply to the Internet as a whole, thus criminalizing all manner of writing, cartoons, and other protected material the state finds offensive or annoying.” In short, this law amounts to censorship of the internet; something that the MPAA and RIAA could never countenance. Fear not intrepid users of the internet; the MPAA and RIAA will always fight to protect your freedoms.