Have you ever contemplated if governments, authorities, and anyone who debates, writes and passes laws around the world genuinely understands the notion of the Internet? Over the years Pepperidge Farms has wondered this and so have I. A variety of experts have defended politicians stating that after analysing the results, there seems to be a logic, common sense if you will.
This tall tale with which I am going to write is 100% factual, this has not been lifted from a Disney book but rather has been reported by a respected outlet within a European Country. Apparently, I am not making this up; the Youth Protection Authority within Germany has handed down a law stating that Saucy eBooks cannot be sold on the Internet by German resellers until the hours of 10pm – 6am. This effectively means a law states that a watershed must exist on the Internet with the aim of content only being available from a specific time.
These kinds of Adult eBooks which I am told exist, fall within German telemedia and therefore infringe upon the Youth Media Protection State Treaty, therefore any youth endangering eBooks, not my words, the words of Heise.de, IT News online website, or more factually, the words of Google Translate as I don’t speak German cannot be sold until 10pm at night.
These statements aimed at protecting Children have become more and more ludicrous, the notion of an Internet which upon command can be walled off for certain hours of the day is astonishing, it’s also not clear if this content will magically appear again at 10pm or not and if so, anyone who shouldn’t be viewing such content will just, erm, stay up past their bed time. Great firewall of China? No, what you really want is a great watershed wall of Germany, think Berlin wall that disappears at night.
Thank You heise.de for providing us with this information
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