US Chamber of Commerce Denied the New Law Would Censor Foreign SitesAdded: Friday, October 15th, 2010
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Steve Tepp, the representative for the American Chamber’s Global IP Center, claimed that the recently proposed legislation called Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act has nothing to do with foreign political censorship, even though it would require service providers to block the importation into the country of services provided by a websites devoted to infringing activities. All this is argued despite the fact that the alleged site operators would unlikely travel around the globe to appear in a US court.
This is the way the US Chamber of Commerce counters the observers’ claims that a proposed law equals to foreign political censorship. The introduction of the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act was announced in the early September by the group of Senators. The legislation, they believe, would give the Department of Justice the instrument it needs to trace and close down the sites dedicated to providing illegal downloads, online streaming or sale of copyrighted material and pirated goods.
The suggested law would provide the courts with the right to demand broadband providers to prevent the importation into the country of goods and services provided by such websites. This is suggested to be done by taking reasonable steps to block the site’s domain name.
Shortly after the announcement about the introduction of the Bill, the observers criticized the proposed law for being equal to unauthorized censorship of the Internet. They especially highlighted that most of the website operators wouldn’t comply with the unreasonable demand of going across the globe to the USA just to appear in a courtroom to fight the claims of copyright violation.
However, the Senior Director of Internet Counterfeiting and Piracy for the Chamber’s Global IP Center responded to those claims by saying that Internet piracy is a very destructive force hurting the national economy, which is the reason for the Leahy-Hatch Bill to be implemented in order to address this illicit behavior of online copyright pirates. As for the equaling of the law to foreign political censorship, it’s not correct, because effective action against criminals whose illegal profits are stealing the country’s jobs differs significantly from foreign political censorship.
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Friday, October 15th, 2010
|These people are very very dangerous. The Leahy-Hatch Bill to be implemented is nothing more than plain censorship - without using the word.|
Come on shepeople your chance is coming this november to put your political boot up the arse of these greedy and crooked people.
They claim the national economy is being hurt? WTF.... The bank and Bailout has done more to screw people you and I than anything else combined.
Give me a break..
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