Who needs ACTA when the US can do it all for us?! (updated)

POSTED BY Rick Shera
28 September 2010

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Having agreed that coercing ISPs with so called safe harbours is a bad idea (ACTA: Latest leak decimates ISP provisions), it now appears that some in the US are intent on going much further by another route in the Countering Online Infringement and Counterfeiting Bill.   This has just been introduced but apparently it has some support.

Conflating content issues with the domain name system, extra territoriality, potential for penalty without judicial oversight etc - it's all there. And, for similar reasons to those which were accepted with ACTA and which are made out against filtering (such as cleanfeed in Australia), this is a dangerous development in my view.

Text of the Bill is attached.

UPDATED: 29 September 2010

It's not just me who thinks that this is a dangerous development by the way. 89 prominent internet enginers have declared their opposition to the Bill in an open letter to the US Senate judiciary committee.  Many of the names, such as Paul Vixie, Karl Auerbach, Esther Dyson and others will be well known to those who have been involved in internet governance for any length of time. (thanks for the HT @lods1211).

You can add Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the web, to the list of people against this and, as he advocates, sign the petition against #COICA

 

UPDATED:  1 October 2010

EFF reports that COICA has been delayed but it sounds like this is more a logistical delay than a reconsideration due to the increasing level of objection.

POSTED BY Rick Shera
28 September 2010

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