America’s no-speech precedent

According to the 1st amendment to the constitution, Free speech in america is protected. Fact.

Except when talking about politics near an election day, except when talking about copy protection techniques, and now except when talking about online gambling in washington state. Where one of the first battles under the flag of this washington bill, is involving someone who was not actually gambling, but merely talking about it.

Every day, the protected free speech of the first amendment is seeming a little more like fantasy. Between the DMCA, the industries trying to legislate their place in our culture, and bills similar to this one, it’s no wonder that businesses are moving out of the country and american individuals are trying to maintain their freedoms by moving their ideas outside our borders. So is that what america coming too? You can do what you want, as long as you don’t do it here?

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  1. TuCents » Carnival of Liberty 50 said,

    June 20, 2006 @ 8:47 am

    […] My henchman Matt has a post about America’s no-speech precedent, where he lists a few of the current exceptions to ‘free’ speech. […]

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