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Comment Re:Hmmmm (Score 1) 116

Lots and lots of people have had their library and internet usage used against them in court, and often very successfully.

Which is why Amazon is stepping in... It is an abuse of first amendment rights, success in court or not. And unless someone has deep enough pockets and decent lawyers to defend it all the way to the Supreme Court, our liberties are going to be eroded away even further.

Comment Re:Hmmmm (Score 1) 116

No. The headline on Slashdot is screwing up everyone's comprehension. They're saying that your ability to access information is a first amendment right (free speech delivered to you). The idea that accessing information would automatically implicate you in a related crime is a first amendment violation. Example - I am curious about methamphetamine so I look up the formula for how to make it. Later, I'm a suspect as a producer of methamphetamine. The fact that I looked up information is not proof that I am a criminal.

Comment Re:Hmmmm (Score 1) 116

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

If accessing the wrong information at the wrong time makes you culpable for a crime, that violates your first amendment rights. If you check out a book on "how to murder" from the library and suddenly find yourself in a murder trial, that cannot (should not) be used against you.

Comment Re:Third-party exception (Score 1) 116

novel First Amendment argument

Same as Google Search history
Library checkouts

Free information access and sharing is part of the first amendment. Reading the "wrong" thing at the wrong time because it looks suspicious and having that count against you legally is absolutely a first amendment issue.

Comment Re:First amendment ? WTH ? (Score 1) 116

If that's true, I think it would be great if they challenged search results being used against you all the way to the supreme court. Though by now, I'd think some precedent must already exist with library book checkout history.

I read all sorts of things that would be "incriminating" by curiosity. I'd hate to read the wrong thing on the wrong day and suddenly be a suspect in a crime.

Comment Re:You are missing the point. (Score 1) 178

Except the coating was semi-liquid and becomes part of the product as it is used up. It only works in the bottle because you're not running gallons of product through it. You would have to re-coat the pipes regularly - after cleaning, because you'll probably still be required to wash it off regularly for food safety.

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