BILLS TO CENSOR MUSIC, MOVIES, INTERNET NOW AT FEDERAL, STATE LEVELS!
(ROC-News Service) Several pieces of legislation are now before federal and state houses, aimed at censoring music, movies and the Internet, using the tired ruse of 'labeling' as their intent.
The so-called Media Violence Act. (S.2497) proposed by Sense. John McCain (R) and Joseph Lieberman (D), would create a universal rating system for music, movies and videos and computer games, to be administered by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and delegating to state attorneys general the power to prosecute violations of this labeling scheme with severe penalties (click here for article)
Over in Tipper Gore's home state of Tennessee a bill is making the rounds which would appoint the state's Department of Children's Services to rate CD's, videos and computer games, with heavy fines and even PRISON TIME for violators (click here for article)
Meanwhile, to offset resistance to such heavy-handed measures as above, a push is on for mandated CENSORWARE to block "offensive material" in public schools and libraries (click here for article)