|Tech firms urged the US government not to blindly follow the input of the entertainment industry regarding online piracy threats. The representative of Google, Amazon and Verisign warned that it could harm the Internet.
The US Trade Representative received annual “notorious markets” submissions from a number of copyright holder groups, using them in the Special 301 report, which lists the threats to various copyright industries. The report normally includes well-known piracy websites, but now intermediaries are also increasingly added to the mix. For instance, this year domain name registrars were identified as possible piracy facilitators, along with hosting providers and CDN provider Cloudflare.
However, the Internet Infrastructure Coalition believes that the inclusion of these tech firms is a dangerous development and outlines these concerns to the USTR. The Coalition warned that if the anti-piracy associations had their way, the entire web could have been put at risk. The problem is that the anti-piracy agencies “vilify” specific technologies instead of the marketplaces – for instance, MPAA claims that Cloudflare is a service creating “obstacles to enforcement” by helping pirate websites to “hide”, but the IIC says that this is inappropriate, as technologies themselves cannot be bad actors.
Besides, the tech firms also argue that the submissions reveal a misinterpretation of the domain name registrars’ obligations under the Registrar Accreditation Agreement. The entertainment industry groups would like domain registrars to immediately suspend domain names accused of copyright violation, but most of them refuse to do so without a court order. The Coalition says that the vilification of technology and misconstruing of the Agreement are aimed at forcing the web infrastructure companies to act as intermediaries in IP disputes, although this is not the way to fight copyright infringement and not the purpose of the Special 301 process.
The tech firms emphasize that billions of dollars are at stake if the US Government steers policies in the wrong direction, because creating regulatory hurdles to the industry’s progress will impact the overall economy dependent on the Internet infrastructure industry.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Saturday, October 29th, 2016
|posted by (2016-10-29 18:47:57)|
|Hold on,....I thought the US government turned the net over to ICANN ?|
So why are they still holding "big brother" control of what sites should be banned or policed ?
|@Rosalie who knows; but they did. funny huh lol|
|Because did you seriously think that MPAA and RIIA would allow it? The copyright guys have access to more funding than most countries GNP, and they will use it.|
|posted by (2016-10-30 07:18:02)|
|They broke into my home. That seems to be reason for concern.|
|@4 Clob ... No they didn't..|
That was just Leonardo DiCaprio who 'incepted' that idea into your head by going 4 layers deep into your dreams while you were on a train .. He risked nearly going into limbo just to get you to turn against the government..
Anyway.. needless to say .. don't take trains with people that look like Gatsby..
|Ok, I just registered. Because I feel the need to comment.. Hi guys and girl.. I'm someonenew.|
My thoughts on this are the following:
Copyright infringement actors are just as bad in any country. I live in europe, we have them too. My country has slightly better laws protecting the end users but if the copyright people have their way, not for long.
Let me add to this that, I am an artist myself. My music gets downloaded about 300 times more than it gets bought. This means I can't live of it. boohoo. Well you know. That's no fault of the internet or some technology. That is the fault of record companies, right holders and copyright "protectors" that have systematically and purposely frustrated all efforts to get music directly to the people, thereby bypassing allll the people in the middle that were eating of that once fat pig. There is, for every famous rich artist, at least a 100 (probably lots more) that don't have any advantage.
On top of that I'm also a programmer, and have been a networkspecialist for a long time. The ONLY effect these criminal entities (yes the copyright "protectors") have is that internet will stop being a free place where ideas and thoughts can be FREELY shared. And they even get payed by part of the (little) money I make with publishing my music. They do NOT speak for all of us.
We as a community should stay vigilant and help keep our internet a free place.
|posted by (2016-11-01 10:37:15)|
|@#5 , Mulva... They can't get ya legally, so they try to get ya illegally... Data heists are more common than you think. They don't leave a trail and if they can get in unforced into your home there is no logical way to file a police report.|
|Remember folks a pirate is a little different than a file sharing person. Ya guys think you are are pirates and you are not. Pirates are involved with tax evasion and other stuff like importing contraband.||
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