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Firefly, free speech and SOPA

I am a huge fan of Firefly and Serenity. Recently I heard about the attempt to censor a US university professor who put a humorous quote from the show on his door (and which the thought police had totally misunderstood…) but have only just heard how it ended.

The YouTube video below, featuring Nathan Fillion and Neil Gaiman, tells the tale of how common sense only prevailed after fans of Firefly got involved.

Firefly campus censorship video

Another interesting thought… if Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) are passed in US could someone based in Europe share this with friends outside the USA?

Given Firefly was a Fox series, check out the hypocrisy of Rupert Murdoch, that stout defender of the rule of law, whose News Organisation is committed to saving us from all those who would break it. Murdoch on SOPA

Oh? Did someone mention phone-hacking?

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