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Should the federal government regulate the internet to deter online piracy?

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Internet Poll Results for Democrat

Yes

371,495 votes

17%

No

1,840,494 votes

83%

Distribution of answers submitted by Democrats.

2 Yes answers
4 No answers
0 overlapping answers

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Piracy and hacking will occur regardless of regulation, and in some ways are caused by such regulation. Instead, corporations who provide access to, and enable connecting through, the Internet need to be regulated such that their interests do not supersede the interests of the public. 6mons ago from a Democrat in Waverley, MA.

They should patrol it for criminal activities ie hackers that plant viruses and do property damage. Should be at least on par with breaking and entry of private property, and theft and vandalism, with jail time and payment for damages. 6mons ago from a Democrat in Ankeny, IA.

Security of financial info ,and other private info, the government should enforce certain rules of conduct!. 6mons ago from a Democrat in Minneapolis, MN.

No, but there should be six figure penalties for the providers if they fail to do so in an expedient manner. 6mons ago from a Democrat in Dania, FL.

Internet should be regulated along same lines as TV and Radio. I'm sick of smut in my trash. Should be penalties for unsolicited porn and for cyber bullying. Bullying should be treated the same as other threats to citizens. 6mons ago from a Democrat in Deltona, FL.

No, the government should not regulate the Internet, or have any ability to prosecute copyright violations for digital media. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Walnut Creek, CA.

No, not worth the time, cost and effort to do so. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Hillsborough, NJ.

Yes to the above and have real stiff sentences for ID fraud - form section for investigations and prosecution of all fraud (track these law breakers down - not enough being done in this area!. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Phoenix, AZ.

Governed by an international committee. 7mons ago from a Democrat in East Olympia, WA.

Copyright law must be brought in line with the realities of the Internet, rather than attempting to fit this whole new technology into outdated laws. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Cary, NC.

Keep sex offenders off the Internet, let regular people control the Internet. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Haines City, FL.

Its bad enough having big brother in everything i do outside of my home, so i don't want him inside of it. things like child pornography and black market issues are a problem just attack that part of the Internet; don't ruin everything else to get one criminal. And for the love of god do not have a law that allows companies, ANY COMPANY, to "claim" there is copyright issues then shut down the entire site without any evidence whatsoever. If the website IS found to have bad material its up to the website executives to fix it or be faced with some sort of fine or something. only things like blatant law breaking should ever be shut down for any period of time. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Atlanta, GA.

Not sure how this should be handled. 8mons ago from a Democrat in North Metro, GA.

The federal government should prosecute crimes committed through the Internet that do not comply with laws but does not have the right to regulate the Internet itself. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Gilbert, AZ.

The federal government should regulate the Internet when the matter of someone's safety is in jeopardy. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Fort Bragg, NC.

Yes, but not strictly. There is a difference between stealing content and sharing content. To share a song or piece of artwork with a correct link to its source should be okay as the source is still obtaining credit and free marketing for future projects. Parodies, for example, are excellent sources of 'getting the word out.' To claim a piece of music, art, or film as completely their own or no credit to the source should be what is governed. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Skyland, NC.

No- The freedom of the Internet is a wild place, and prosecuting small-scale copyright violators is more a gesture of power than an actual societally beneficial program. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Haverford, PA.

No, and set strict limits on punishment for distribution of infinitely reproducible materials. For instance, the cruel and unusual practice of forcing someone to pay millions of dollars in damages for downloading 24 songs. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Pflugerville, TX.

The government should balance intellectual property rights and fair. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Tucson, AZ.

The government should add protections to the Internet for all users and prosecute those who are caught to the full extent of the law, however, monitoring should remain at current levels (wink, wink), and content should not be within the government realm. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Prescott Valley, AZ.

Respond on a ase by case basis. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Sedona, AZ.

Yes, but only in extreme cases such as in the pursuit of those using the Internet for criminal activity. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Prairieville, LA.

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