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Last posted Aug 05, 2013 at 10:43AM EDT. Added Aug 05, 2013 at 10:12AM EDT
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Nancy Binay bill may aim to criminalize internet memes

Newly-elected Senator Nancy Binay’s proposed bill amending Republic Act 9262 may contain provisions aimed to criminalize humorous internet memes.

Section 2 (E5) of Binay’s proposed Electronic Violence Against Women (E-VAW) bill mentions the unauthorized use of a picture, video, voice, name, or identity that will put someone in a bad light or injure the victim’s reputation.

According to the bill, “electronic violence” refers to acts done through information communications technology, such as computers and the internet, “that will cause mental, emotional or psychological suffering to the victim.”

If it becomes law, those found guilty of causing “electronic violence” can be imprisoned for up to 6 years, pay up to P500,000 to their victim, fined an additional P300,000, and will be made to undergo psychological counseling.

ABS-CBNNews.com tried to get Binay’s side to explain if she is particularly referring to memes, but the lawmaker has yet to respond.

Memes, according to the Oxford Dictionaries, are humorous images, videos, or pieces of text that are copied and spread rapidly by Internet users.

Binay was the subject of memes during the the election campaign period.

Women’s rights activist Elizabeth Angsioco, meanwhile, believes that Binay’s bill is limited to violence against women and children done through electronic means.

“It aims to amend [Republic Act No. 9262, or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act (VAWC)]. Thus, a previous or current relationship bw parties a must,” she said.

“Thus, application limited to persons that have or had at least a dating relationship. It doesn’t apply to all tweeps,” Angsioco said. ” We have to take amendments within context of VAWC.”

Binay earlier told reporters that the the bill she filed is not related to the flak she received during the election campaign.

She said the perpetrator and the victim need to have “personal relationship” for a crime to qualify under the bill.

“Kaya naka-specify doon kung ex-husband, ex-boyfriend..basta kailangang may personal relationship,” Binay said.

She added that the proposed bill, if passed into law, will complement Republic Act 9262.

“Ito ay another protection para sa ating mga kababaihan. Nakita ninyo naman yung mga nangyari these past years, yung mga posts sa Internet ng mga sex videos. So ito yung protection nila, so they can have a way na makapagreklamo,” Binay said.–Source: ABS-CBN News

Aug 05, 2013 at 10:13AM EDT
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“Ito ay another protection para sa ating mga kababaihan. Nakita ninyo naman yung mga nangyari these past years, yung mga posts sa Internet ng mga sex videos. So ito yung protection nila, so they can have a way na makapagreklamo,” Binay said.–Source: ABS-CBN News"

What.

Aug 05, 2013 at 10:40AM EDT
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This looks like bad journalism to me.

It doesn’t appear to me that she is trying to outlaw memes in general. She specifically wants tougher laws on cyberbullies and abusive behaviour towards women, particularly abuse that can be shared online. However she is being vague about her definition of “abusive online behavior” which critics point out. In any case, she’s not after us, she’s after sexist pricks. KYM does not perpetrate violence toward women, so we cannot be affected by her law (which isn’t likely to pass anyway)

I find it more likely to believe the article is taking that vagueness and running with it, making it sound as though she targeting internet culture as a whole. Because we all know sensational headlines gets pageviews

I’ll wait until I read this story from a more reputable source before taking anything from it


@Cale

That paragraph translated from Filipino:

This is another protection for our women. You see about those happened these past years, those posts on the Internet of sex videos. So this is what protection they have, so They can have a way to complain

Last edited Aug 05, 2013 at 10:51AM EDT
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