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Monday, June 27, 2011


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OK recently I posted a video on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZYr-kdH27g
one of the people in the video reported the video at 4 seconds in where he said fuck this word was used repeatedly through out the video. You-tube sent me a notice that the video should be removed within 48 or they will take further action. Does this court ruling mean that if I participate in second life, record a video about what goes on there, which I Believe I am aloud to under licence in the terms of service,which we all have to agree to on sign up, That I am legally now aloud to post videos and our right to free speech is still intact, or do we all now live in a police state were we are not aloud to say words like fuck any more. If this is so will YouTube also be removing every video on its site that contains the word fuck in it and any other words it doesn't like that are deemed at the time to be politicly incorrect at that future moment in time when YouTube doesn't like what we are saying. I just think free speech belongs to all of us and we should all be aloud to say what ever fuck we want regardless of any organisation that may disagree with us


Oh, very interesting. Thank you.

John Lopez

@Jjccc, you are confusing your right to free speech and the rights of companies or blog owners to choose their own rules.

If you purchase hosting services from a hosting provider, you will have a Terms of Service that you must comply with. Do some shopping and you will be able to post videos with SL based swearing to your hearts content.

On the other hand, this ruling does not compel companies, private blog owners or anyone else to change their opinion on any content whatsoever. It only impacts the *governments* ability to pass laws with prior restraint of free speech in the context of video games.

Heck, Vimeo will delete any virtual world, video game or related content (such as reviews thereof) immediately. Their terms of service make it clear that this content is not tolerated. They went so far to ban video game *creators* from posting information about their games there and remove some (but not all) machinima.

That is their right (not being a governmental entity) and it remains their (misguided in my opinion) right today.


The first amendment protects you from the government censoring your speech. It has no weight with private companies. YouTube is a private company, not a government entity, so they get to set the rules as to which videos they do and do not allow on their site.

Arcadia Codesmith

I wasn't up in arms about the California law simply because it had no effect on adult consumption of violent games (which is clearly protected).

This decision presents a strange dichotomy in which the Court upholds bans on sexual content for minors but not on violent content. Killing is cool; cuddling is off-limits.

The majority's attempt to address the dichotomy is superficial and rings false, but I've come to expect that level of ineptitude from the Roberts Court.

Galatea Gynoid

Simply put, it's censorship if I prevent you from publishing your work at all. It's not censorship if I merely say you can't use *my* printer to do it, get your own. That's just me exercising my property rights, not engaging in censorship. If Youtube doesn't want to store your videos on their hard drives, they don't have to. It ain't censorship unless you're being prevented from putting it up on your own site.

Terminated Account

How odd that in the US it is the corporations which prevail over governments and even legislators about what is or isn't allowed, while the opposite occurs elsewhere, with the exception of a few countries where liberalization has introduced the American model of "freedom of expression".

No wonder the world's financial crisis of the last 3 years was originated by US companies which brought entire countries to their knees. In a situation where you can make your own rules, the temptation to custom-make them to get away with it is too strong.

It is really ironic that US companies have the arrogance to dictate what is morally right or wrong to non-American customers. Some sort of monitoring of this God's power should be introduced or the customers' right of free expression will never be warranted.

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