Skip to comments.Congressional Review Of Copyright Law May Threaten Drudge Report (and sites like Freerepublic?)
Posted on 10/13/2015 4:26:36 PM PDT by MarchonDC09122009
Congressional Review Of Copyright Law May Threaten Drudge Report Photo of Kerry Picket Kerry Picket Reporter 5:20 PM 10/13/2015
WASHINGTON Congress may update digital copyright law affecting aggregator sites, like the Drudge Report and Real Clear Politics, along with news sites in the near future.
Two years ago, the House Judiciary Committee launched a comprehensive review of our nations copyright laws, which have not been updated since 1976. As technology continues to rapidly advance, we have a responsibility to ensure that our laws are keeping pace with these developments, Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte said in a statement.
Since March of 2013, the House Judiciary Committee has conducted 20 hearings, which included testimony from 100 witnesses on the subject of copyright law in the digital age. The topics range from fair use to scope of copyright protection to music licensing.
The committee has been conducting a comprehensive review of U.S. copyright law to ensure that the law keeps pace with the digital age in which we live. The goal of the listening tour is to step out of Washington, D.C. to hear from creators and innovators in terms of what is and is not working for them in their various fields, a committee staffer told The Daily Caller.
The committee staffer would not say how the laws would affect aggregators and news sites and said that only all stakeholders are invited to come in and meet with staff in order to give their thoughts or express concerns. Those meetings are ongoing.
Drudge Report site owner Matt Drudge told Alex Jones of InfoWars last week that copyright laws could very well end his popular site.
I had a Supreme Court Justice tell me its over for me, said Drudge. Theyve got the votes now to enforce copyright law, youre out of there. Theyre going to make it so you cant even use headlines.
He explained, To have a Supreme Court Justice say to me its over, theyve got the votes, which means time is limited, he added, noting that a day was coming when simply operating an independent website could be outlawed. That will end [it] for me fine Ive had a hell of a run, said Drudge, adding that web users were being pushed into the cyber ghettos of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Drudge added, This is ghetto, this is corporate, theyre taking your energy and youre getting nothing in return nothing!
In July, Chairman Goodlatte and Democrat Ranking Member John Conyers invited witnesses from the Committees previous copyright review hearings as well as other interested stakeholders to meet with committee staff to provide additional input on copyright policy issues.
According to the committee, almost 50 meetings were scheduled and those will take several more weeks. Additionally, Goodlatte and Conyers announced that the House Judiciary Committee would conduct a listening tour as part of the copyright review.
GOP-E trying to shut down Conservative news forums and compiler sites like Drudge.
Traitorous legislation aimed at destroying the First Amendment! Hell cannot be made hot enough for the committee members who promote this legislation.
Of course the congress scum are looking at this. There is nothing thieves and tyrants like less than sunshine being focused on their activities.
The best thing you can do is to never ever ever vote for a dim even if he’s better than the pubbie. It is never the single dem which is the problem, it is always the majority each single dem added to.
So they are willing to destroy the First Amendment in the name of copyright law and $$$$? Tyrants.
Look at this link, many more like it and this is just copyright lock up preventing the access of “orphaned titles” and the like to the owners discretion
And the giveaways to Big Pharma are purely a crime and a clear conspiracy...
We have got to get these clowns out of office.
not sure how that would work. I mean there’s probably thousands of other sites out there like Huffington Post, Democrat Underground. Would all really have to cease to exist?
What about someone on FaceBook or LinkedIn posting links, would that then be illegal as well?
Well no one will go to the sites that Drudge links to. No more seeing their ads or giving them hits.
Since the web sites that Drudge links to only increase the traffic to originating sites, the only point for this is to censor the information we receive and benefit the clique of authoritarian, anti freedom and anti democratic rulers we suffer under. The leftist dictators control the herd.
Wouldn’t they be hurting themselves? Such sites direct traffic to them.
If the websites of the copyright owners weren’t linked by sites like Druge, FR, etc, they’d never get any clicks. Don’t they sell their ads by clicks?
Most of the posts on Democrat Underground are profanity so they’ll probably be OK. </s
Breitbart, Limbaugh- who else is next?
let’s ask the jebster!
The issue is First Amendment freedom of . . . the press. Combined with
freedom of the press means freedom of any technical means of communication, and the unregulated spending of private money on it.
- Article 1 Section 8.:
- The Congress shall have power . . . To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries . . .
combined with the prohibition of an established religion means that if The New York Times has freedom of the press then I am entitled to freed of the press - freedom to spend any sum I wish on paper, ink, and printing presses. Yes, or on Internet bandwidth and a web site to make my views accessible worldwide, that being technically practicable for everyone.
- Article 1 Section 9:
- No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States . . .
I recognize, of course, that others will spend a thousand dollars for each dollar I will spend - but journalism spends millions for each dollar I will spend, and they are not anointed as priests of objectivity, any more than I am.
Most internet ‘news’ sites will be willing to give copyright permission for Drudge, FR and others to link to their sites. It drives traffic to them.
This development is a non-starter.
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