December 16, 2006
McCain on Blogs
Via Digg, Senator John McCain Hates Blogs....apparently he has launched an assault "against the independent blogosphere by introducing legislation that would, among other things, make bloggers responsible for comments and copyrighted material posted on their sites, with fines of up to $300,000."
Most independent bloggers I know are not making money from their blogs and with a fine of such magnitude, could make them homeless. What on earth is he talking about? Freedom of expression and creativity gets punished with such severity?
So new, do most know that what they write about is either in conflict with something or illegal? Hardly. Most of their work is being viewed by a handful of people in their social circles, their families and perhaps the same number of work colleagues. How to legislate something like this?
Within these guidelines, apparently "social networking sites will be forced to take “effective measures”—such as deleting user profiles—to remove any website that is “associated” with a sex offender. Sites may include not only Facebook and MySpace, but also Amazon.com, which permits author profiles and personal lists, and blogs like DailyKos, which allows users to sign up for personal diaries."
Hmmm, I'm in the industry and you've already lost me. It is hard to imagine how anyone else will "get this" either.
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