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Originally posted by Arbitrageur
reply to post by boncho
You all might be surprised who loves child porn (or then again, maybe not):
According to that article, at least SOME claims about stopping child pornography are a ruse to implement legislation that TPTB want to implement for reasons that have nothing to do with child pornography.
“Child pornography is great,” the man said enthusiastically. “Politicians do not understand file sharing, but they understand child pornography, and they want to filter that to score points with the public. Once we get them to filter child pornography, we can get them to extend the block to file sharing.”
The date was May 27, 2007, and the man was Johan Schlüter, head of the Danish Anti-Piracy Group (Antipiratgruppen). He was speaking in front of an audience from which the press had been banned; it was assumed to be copyright industry insiders only. It wasn’t. Christian Engström, who’s now a Member of the European Parliament, Oscar Swartz, and I were also there.
“My friends,” Schlüter said. “We must filter the Internet to win over online file sharing. But politicians don’t understand that file sharing is bad, and this is a problem for us. Therefore, we must associate file sharing with child pornography. Because that’s something the politicians understand, and something they want to filter off the Internet.”
“We are developing a child pornography filter in cooperation with the IFPI and the MPA so we can show politicians that filtering works,” he said. “Child pornography is an issue they understand.” Schlüter grinned broadly.
I couldn’t believe my ears as I heard this the first time. But the strategy has been set into motion worldwide.
They apparently just don't want you to share any files, regardless of the content, but in this case specifically content like music:
So when these folks say "stop child porn", what they really mean is "stop people from cutting into our music profits...we're just saying child porn because it gets people's attention".
Schlüter’s plan worked like clockwork. Denmark was the first country to censor AllOfMP3.com, the (fully legal) Russian music store, and is now censoring The Pirate Bay off the internet. The copyright industry is succeeding in creating a fragmented Internet.
This is why you see the copyright lobby bring up child pornography again and again and again. They are using it as a battering ram for censoring any culture outside of their own distribution channels. You can Google the term together with any copyright lobby organization and see them continuously coming back to it. In Sweden, the copyright industry lobbyist Per Strömbäck has publicly admitted it being one of his best arguments.
Originally posted by boncho
reply to post by Dimitri Dzengalshlevi
Lets not forget that it seems Vic Toews had an ongoing affair with his babysitter.
Age of the girl during the time it happened: unknown.
In 2005, Toews was charged with violating Manitoba's Election Finances Act in the 1999 provincial election. During the election cycle, it was discovered that his election campaign had spent $7,500 more than the allowed limit. Toews pleaded guilty, and was later convicted and fined $500.