Philippines to Require License to Post Content
I’m attending a hearing tomorrow on a proposal by the Philippines’ National Telecommunications Commission that will require licenses for online content developers.
Yes, you read that right. The Philippine government wants to require licenses for people to create and post content online. Under the proposal’s extremely broad definition of a content developer, you would need a license just to comment on this post.
This is the most unenforceable proposal I have ever seen. What are they going to do, require five million Filipino Friendster users to get a license before posting pictures? This proposal clearly comes from the outdated mindset that only corporations can develop content.
It’s a public hearing, so feel free to join me. If nothing else, it’ll be good for a laugh.
Update: It seems a flood of interest in this proposal has brought down the NTC site. For your information, the public hearing’s set for 2pm Thursay GMT+8 at the NTC Executive Conference Room, 3rd Floor, NTC Building, BIR Road, East Triangle, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
Full proposal on the next page.
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