We at Indienorte are saddened by the passing of the Philippine Cybercrime Prevention Law. It does encompass the important cybercrimes such as illegal access, illegal interception of data and even the use of the internet as a tool for sex trade, but adding a libel clause is nothing we have ever heard of elsewhere but here in the Philippines.
(4) Libel. — The unlawful or prohibited acts of libel as defined in Article 355 of the Revised Penal Code, as amended, committed through a computer system or any other similar means which may be devised in the future.
The libel clause is vague. Who is held responsible? Who is to say that anything defamatory is libelous? What devices? If a telepathic internet device was invented would thinking something fall under this law? We urge you to take a stand and protect your freedom and right to speak freely. We take our job seriously, and as professionals we doubt that any time in the future we would use this site to state anything defamatory to anyone. But we’d like to know when the time comes, we can say:
You sir ______________________ are a _________ ____________ !@#!$
Keep the internet free. Write your representatives, write the senators who so quickly signed the law. We’ve fought off SOPA and PIPA, how could something like this slip though? Do not let this pass!