We are not there yet, but closing the US congress passed the anti sex-trafficking bill with landslide votes. I’m pretty smug now.
The legislation would allow state attorneys general and victims to sue websites that “knowingly” facilitate sex trafficking. It’s targeted at sites like Backpage.com, the subject of a long-running Senate investigation, which was accused of hosting ads that promoted the trafficking of minors.
But parts of the internet industry believe the measure creates a dangerous precedent that could open up internet companies like Google and Twitter to a litany of lawsuits and potential criminal liability for content posted on their platforms.
This is definitely a good first step to defeat these abominations that kill other platforms with their “profit is mine, liability is on email@example.com” trick and then use their monopoly as platform to dictate what kind of speech is allowed. I wrote back then in a comment what should – and I believe will – replace the current regulations:
– A content creator (like myself) is responsible for the content and all of it. If you don’t like my content, you are free to not consume my content. If you wish to be heard, you are free to start your own blog, full of your thoughts and people are free to choose to read it. I moderate (censor) comments on my blog at my pleasure, you are free to go elsewhere if you don’t like it. In turn I should be responsible for comments too.
– A carrier is not responsible for content whatsoever and forbidden from any kind of censorship (except court takedown orders). They are responsible for the identification of content creators. So if xXxArthasDK69xXx uploads uploads TheAvengers-CamRip.mp4 or “guys wanted to kill Hillary”, the carrier should be able to give out the identity of xXxArthasDK69xXx to the court order the same way that a phone company is able. So creating an account would include going to their customer support office, show ID, sign contract. This way the copyright owners can sue – not xXxArthasDK69xXx – but Jonas D. Smith, Nowhere street 5, Austin, TX for TheAvengers-CamRip.mp4 and even if they can’t get enough compensation because he is unemployed, they can get a court order to stop and next time lock him up for contempt of court.
PS: do you remember the game dev who refused to censor his game according to crazy-liberal demands and all the gaming media united to destroy his game? I’m talking about this guy: