Awhile back, I wanted to watch the German news on Deutsche Welle. To my dismay, I discovered it could not be watched in the USA. Neither could I watch any other foreign newscast. Even thought they were there for everyone to watch. Well that is everyone but people in our country, and maybe places like Iran, or China!
I wrote to DWW and asked them what the problem was. They said, the USA did not allow them to play their broadcasts in the US because of copyrights. Duh, copyrights? That newscast wasn't produced by any American company, so why would the United States care?
Then it suddenly made sense, an epiphany sort of! It wasn't because their material was copyrighted. It was because we must watch only content produced by companies here in the good ole US of A! By watching a foreign news broadcast, we are infringing on their right to indoctrinate us with their version of the news.
Just recently Congress voted on a bill, that would prevent us from downloading any videos, or music from internet sites like You Tube. All in the guise of copyright protections. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I don't see why we cannot share videos and music that we have purchased legally! I think it's an infringement upon our right of free speech. Likewise if you post a picture on the internet, I don't see why people should not be able to make a copy for their own use. Evidently our govenment disagrees. This is just another excuse for censoring what we watch and listen to on the internet.
What I do know is this. Our government is secretly spying on everything we say and do on the internet. The same goes for cellphones. I just don't think that's very nice, as Andy Rooney would say!