Wed Sep 29, 2010 17:23
The U.S. Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) continues his battle against a bill, currently being negotiated in the U.S. Senate. The so-called Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) will mean that Internet providers must use DNS block to block access to sites with pirated material.
The Law for the creation of two "blacklists". One list includes all sites where the DOJ believes that copyright infringement is a central part of the site's purpose. Hosts can choose whether they want to block addresses on this list.
The second, shorter list must be approved by a court, and here's ISPs obliged to block all addresses on the list.
EFF believes that this is censorship, and now has 87 Internet pioneers to sign an open letter to the Justice Committee in the U.S. Senate to stop the law.
The letter states, inter alia, that the law would "fragment the Internet's global Domain Name System, create an environment of considerable fear and uncertainty of technological innovation, and undermine U.S. credibility in the role responsible for key parts of the network infrastructure."
Among the 87 is the developer of the most widely used DNS server software, tie, Paul Vixie, and inventor of the UDP protocol, David Reed. On the list of signatories can also find the well-known security researcher Dan Kaminsky, the entrepreneur Esther Dyson and Usenet inventor Steve Bellovin.