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Copyright Does Not Violate the Right to Free Speech

Disputes over intellectual property rights permeate our culture. The music and movie industries have brought thousands of copyright infringement lawsuits against users of peer-to-peer systems like BitTorrent. YouTube videos and Facebook postings are regularly taken down because they contain infringing content. Earlier this year, proposed copyright legislation, the Stop Online Piracy Act, was effectively killed by a grassroots uprising on the Internet. After the Internet Blackout Day on Jan. 18, SOPA became the new four-letter word.

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