Sunday, March 27, 2005

The Coming War on Blogs

"It's a universal law of capitalism: when an industry faces a new and significant threat to its profits and powers it turns to the government for protection. Well, bloggers... are challenging the mainstream media (MSM), the most politically well-connected industry in America. Watch for the MSM to start using their political influence to burden bloggers.

"But won't the First Amendment protect blogs? Unfortunately, courts already hold that many governmental restrictions on speech don't violate the First Amendment, and I can think of three areas in which the MSM might successfully change laws and regulations to hinder their blogger competitors....


Blogger Oz said...

"Imagine if Congress increased the complexity and penalties of copyright laws. Non-lawyer bloggers could never be sure what constituted legal fair use of MSM stories and information. Enhanced copyright laws could have a chilling effect on blogging."

Putting aside the use of other peoples propertry for the moment and just concentrating on them wanting to crackdown on any form of freedom of expression, might I suggest the following. By taking back ownership of our TRADE NAME (ie. true name written in capital letters)under copyright within UCC regulations, as well as investigating our common law rights, we may find that any new regulations are just like all others written previously. Just words on paper with no authority at all.

2:27 am  
Blogger steve said...

Fintan, I am glad to see you have ditched the right wingnut cadre, that was attacking you over the Little Green footballs affair on 3/7/05.

Frankly, I am not especially concerned at the noise the sourmouthed Repubs make about "Blogcontrol." Fintan, the Bushiviks are far more frightened by 527's and sites like, and perhaps the highly influential blogs like Daily Kos, Eshaton, and Digby's Hullabaloo.

I doubt if clip sites like Buzzflash, Information Clearing House, Asia Times Online, News Wire and Rediff are going to be impacted by repub froth over free speech, regardless of how ferocious the criticism is, and I am certain that general bloggers like you and I have much to worry about.

BTW, how did the Serena car business turn out? Looks like the righties got caught with their paws in the propaganda again.

With regards,

Sal Marelli, alias boilerman10, blogger

3:23 am  
Blogger steve said...

Follow up:

next to last paragraph, should end, "I doubt that general bloggers like you and me have much to worry about."

My bad.

Sal Marelli, aka boilerman10

3:26 am  

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