Copyright censorship versus free speech and human rights

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September 7, 2011
Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom
by Stephan Kinsella  
Posted in Commentary

"One of the hosts, Evan Brown, opined that though [a DMCA] takedown might seem like an infringement of free speech, a violation of the First Amendment, it’s not, because it’s private action not state action (I’m paraphrasing Brown). I’m not sure if this analysis is right, since copyright is a private right granted by the state and enforced in state courts. Imagine if the central state were to give a right to people to sue people for practicing Mormonism -- such a law, such a grant, would surely infringe the freedom of religion in the First Amendment." (09/06/11)  


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