One thing I like about Usenet is that to the best of
my knowledge, it is now owned by any specific
corporation, rather, it is a protocol for the
transfer of information between computers, somewhat
Many corporations do a type of censorship that
they tend to call 'not censorship' because they
obtain charters from governments to do types of
transactions that they claim makes them 'not part
of governments'. Thus they can not in their minds
To some extent this started with the printing
press. At that point the creating of books
no longer involved the hand copying of words
from some paper, parchment, or papyrus or
cloth to other pieces of similar materials.
If a person wanted a shorter book earlier than
that the person employing a scribe could tell
the scribe to 'paraphrase' to make shorter. The
person could pay the scribe more per word for a
lesser number of words. This took less time for
the scribe, and the scribe sort of became an 'author'
that way, but it really did not mean much because
this only involved one physical book.
Later on, however, with the mass production of
the same words into a larger number of books or
newspapers 'copyright' and mass 'censorship'
seemed to mean somewhat more.
To me, having middle men 'not censor' is a bad
price to pay for the extra bells and whistles.