Patrick Maines over at The Media Institute’s Media & Communications Policy blog has an interesting post up today about some of Google’s policy positions.
He points out that both Google’s position on net neutrality and copyright infringement pose serious First Amendment problems.
… as with net neutrality, Google’s posture regarding copyright infringement seems to be driven more by its own interests than by any sense of a community of interests.
By the standards of those of us at The Media Institute, which is primarily a First Amendment organization, Google’s lack of any meaningful concern or action regarding freedom of speech and of the press is the most troubling aspect of the company.
We would not have this concern if Google were just a small affair, or if the legacy media were fat and sassy. But neither is the case. Google is a giant while newspapers, for instance, are in a fight for their very survival.
The Media Institute is a nonprofit organization that is one of the preeminent defenders of the First Amendment, so these remarks bear some close attention.