Internet Regulation and Blackout

Protecting intellectual property and regulating Internet content are huge and hugely important topics. My libertarian-leaning friends (and relatives) are opposed to any Internet legislation regardless of the purpose. They argue, among other points, that any regulation will be incomplete, inequitable and poorly executed by the Federal government. While this editor has some sympathy with these views, I also believe that the issues raised by proponents of legislation have merit. Freedom of individuals in any society can only be real if it includes freedom from harm by others. The Internet fosters certain kinds of abuse, including making it very difficult for a person to protect their very identity, as well as any intellectual property they may create.  As with most issues and disputes, it is important that we the people seek resolution of these views with balance, fairness and harmony as the primary objectives.

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