SOPA and PIPA are (almost) dead. Now can we talk about the law that already exists?” – Slate Magazine.
Don’t Stop at SOPA
SOPA and PIPA are (almost) dead. Now can we talk about the law that already exists?
Firewall Law Could Infringe on Free Speech – NYTimes.com.
By REBECCA MacKINNON
Published: November 15, 2011
China operates the world’s most elaborate and opaque system of Internet censorship. But Congress, under pressure to take action against the theft of intellectual property, is considering misguided legislation that would strengthen China’s Great Firewall and even bring major features of it to America.
The legislation — the Protect IP Act, […] The bills aim not to censor political or religious speech as China does, but to protect American intellectual property. Alarm at the infringement of creative works through the Internet is justifiable. The solutions offered by the legislation, however, threaten to inflict collateral damage on democratic discourse and dissent both at home and around the world.
The bills would empower the attorney general to create a blacklist of sites to be blocked by Internet service providers, search engines, payment providers and advertising networks, all without a court hearing or a trial. The House version goes further, allowing private companies to sue service providers for even briefly and unknowingly hosting content that infringes on copyright — a sharp change from current law, which protects the service providers from civil liability if they remove the problematic content immediately upon notification. The intention is not the same as China’s Great Firewall, a nationwide system of Web censorship, but the practical effect could be similar.
Read the full story here: The New York Times
see also: “Shoot-Out at the Political Corral“, in: Politico