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Internet piracy bill: A free speech ‘kill switch’

By Bill Wilson, Americans for Limited Government – 12/12/11 10:14 AM ET
What began as an attempt to restrain foreign piracy on the Internet has morphed into a domestic “kill switch” on First Amendment freedom in the fastest-growing corner of the marketplace of ideas.

Proposed federal legislation purporting to protect online intellectual property would also impose sweeping new government mandates on internet service providers – a positively Orwellian power grab that would permit the U.S. Justice Department to shut down any internet site it doesn’t like (and cut off its sources of income) on nothing more than a whim.

Internet piracy bill: A free speech ‘kill switch’