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SOPA : Indian Version + Censorship on Hubpages

  1. skyfire profile image72
    skyfireposted 5 years ago

    After 6th feb most of the social networks will be forced to censor or remove any content that is in conflict with religion and indian politics.

    http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/intern … 744348.ece

    So my question is that if someone reports name of hubpages and it's properties to department of telecommunication in india to put HP under censor, are you going to cancel our ad program involvement and block india because of that ? OR you'll just take off non-religious content that affects sentiments of our so-called innocent religious hubbers who sell snake oil stuff,astrology subscription or lockets or placebo stuff on Hubpages?

    I see the second option depending on revenue opps If they in anyway exist from Indian hubbers (to which I doubt compared to other high cpm countries).

    So freedom of speech is as good as dead thanks to our government.

    I no longer be saying this in real life or online -"I disagree with you but I would defend to death for your freedom of speech, even if it's personal attack to me". I lost my right because of few  political lunatics so it's useless to say this from now on. Sure sky isn't falling for those who are religious or hardly post anything critical from this country but in the long term freedom of speech is lost.

    Just my 2 cents.

    1. lobobrandon profile image83
      lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Hmm I have no clue.. Hope nothing as u stated!!

      1. skyfire profile image72
        skyfireposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Basically if you're religious and if you think government from any party is always right then this change means nothing to you. If you don't then you're going to miss many parts of the internet due to this type of censorship.

        Just to show you the gravity of this situation.

        Reliance is going to block almost every file sharing network before releasing any new movie in theaters in assumption that this avoids piracy. This action includes sites that host linux torrents. You can Google for more on this.

        Do check the link in my first post. Basically this is political censorship plan pushed by using the religious sentiments issue.

        1. lobobrandon profile image83
          lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I'm not religious and no ones always right especially hmm u know.
          But, you think the people are going to sit quiet? - I don't
          Ya I read the post big_smile

          1. skyfire profile image72
            skyfireposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            I don't know people in our country even value freedom speech, So It's hard to see reversal of this bill. It's end of the open internet as we know it.

            1. lobobrandon profile image83
              lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              It won't be. Students are the ones who flock Social networks mostly in India so definitely they'll oppose this bill. But, for any strong opposition a political stance is required but that's absent as students don't have a party!

              1. skyfire profile image72
                skyfireposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                What makes me feel like living in prison is that Americans can freely take shot on their president and indians are not even free to pass mildly critical comment about any politician in india. If we do, we'll land up in nearest cell. Just look at number of anti-obama or ron paul or jesus or (insert mega corp name) thread posted in hubpages, Surely our freedom was always limited and deceptively controlled.

                1. lobobrandon profile image83
                  lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                  sad sad but true

                  1. profile image60
                    geordmcposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                    So, stand up and fight. Or just be a bunch of little girls and go cry to mommy! If you want your freedom fight for it.

    2. Evan G Rogers profile image79
      Evan G Rogersposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Ron Paul is adamantly fighting against SOPA.

      I suggest that you consider him for president since he's the only one up there fighting against it.

      1. EmpressFelicity profile image81
        EmpressFelicityposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I believe Skyfire is from India?

        1. lobobrandon profile image83
          lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Yes skyfire is form India. But no matter where it begins it will spread across the globe so there needs to be a stop somewhere

          1. EmpressFelicity profile image81
            EmpressFelicityposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            I totally agree! Although it seems that the excuse for censorship varies from country to country.

            1. lobobrandon profile image83
              lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Ya that's true. But isn't it surprising that it's spreading across the globe? The same way if its stopped somewhere it should hopefully spread like wild fire. The seed should be destroyed before it's planted. But in this case it's already planted and hence the plant will have to be uprooted and thrown into the wild fire I mentioned big_smile

              1. EmpressFelicity profile image81
                EmpressFelicityposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                Yes, that is weird I agree.

        2. Evan G Rogers profile image79
          Evan G Rogersposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          more than one person who disagrees with SOPA will likely read the forum.

          And contributions to a candidate do not have to come from a US citizen.

  2. 2uesday profile image85
    2uesdayposted 5 years ago

    This sounds awful I have heard nothing in our press about it at the moment, I will try to read more about it soon.

    1. Evan G Rogers profile image79
      Evan G Rogersposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      There's a reason the press isn't talking about it:

      1) it's a bit boring
      2) people who still watch the news don't care about the internet because they're old
      3) The press will benefit from the SOPA rulings (or, at least, their idiot CEOs think they will benefit)

    2. skyfire profile image72
      skyfireposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      It is awful as it limits free thinking. This country is still in pre-victorian era and only thing that can slow this down is the process of implementation of the law itself. It takes atleast 10-15 years for many simple cases to resolve in court so there is still hope and free thinkers can fight it. Problem here is that government and the entertainment industry is waiting for a chance to put censor on everything that they think is wrong. They're just using anti-religious sentiments stuff as a excuse to enforce this law.

      You'll be surprised to see how much Indian censor board edits hollywood or any other foreign media before broadcasting. It is ironic to see that many regional TV series in India put thoughts of Marital affair, abuse and criminal activity in the form of entertainment and at the same time they put strong censor over foreign media for the same type of content.


      India and US share same set of Multinational Corps which follow rules of both government. Entertainment industry lobby is more strong in United states and India, so it's obvious that SOPA's Indian version will not vary much other than extended input of so-called protection of religious sentiments and activist censorship.

      It was pitched at the same time when SOPA was conceptually released in US. If this law gets finalized in individual state courts (which is still pending) then It'll affect freedom of speech of non-religious folks, free thinkers, activists and media.

      Only Big G and similar other top 500 corps can fight it as they'll lose many users and in turn revenue if such law gets passed in India( and in turn rest of Asia).

  3. Reality Bytes profile image92
    Reality Bytesposted 5 years ago

    A unification of People is feared by any Government which wants to control and restrain the population.  Civil discussions result in exactly this form of unity therefore the biggest fear to the controlling elite is a world in which the people are free to discuss and exchange ideas.

    They will take away this ability, for our own safety!  Yeah Right!

    It has begun, I'm not the only one!

  4. IzzyM profile image87
    IzzyMposted 5 years ago

    http://www.sunday-guardian.com/technolo … murky-past

    This seems to be quite a good explanation ofwhat is happening, and has been happening, in India.

    1. lobobrandon profile image83
      lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Oh great will go through it now..
      big_smile

 
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