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The UN, copyright extremism and you

Scott Bradner | Nov. 2, 2011
In September representatives from India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) got together to talk about the Internet. Their conclusion: The 'Net needed help from the United Nations in the areas of developing policies, technical standards, operation, dispute resolution and crises management.

This bill removes any remaining pretense that its House supporters consider the interests of the people that voted for them at all relevant to their existence. It also removes any pretense of due process from the consideration of copyright on the Internet. I will not say that it is copyright extremism at its worst, because I expect they will endeavor to make it worse as it proceeds. As you might expect, the Internet technical community thinks these proposals are a very bad idea technically, but the bill's supporters dismiss information from people who know what they are doing. Copyright is important, but the U.S. Constitution balances copyright interests with those of society -- these bills do not -- the only parasites here are the copyright holders.

Why does this matter to you? The E-PARASITE bill provides your competitor or disgruntled customer endless ways to make your life miserable and even cause your website to disappear altogether without you even being asked for your side of the story. (See http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20111027/00083116531/e-parasites-bill-end-internet-as-we-know-it.shtml for details.)

Extremism seems to be a common approach to the world these days and the Internet is just the latest target, both domestically and internationally.

Disclaimer: Harvard will find out my opinion when it reads it in Network World, and the university played no role in developing this semi-extreme view.


 

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