They are calling for people to immediately contact the relevant members.
Hollywood’s lobbyists are running all over the Hill to sneak in a copyright filtering provision into the stimulus package. The amendment allow ISPs to “deter” child pornography and copyright infringement through network management techniques. The amendment is very, very controversial for a couple of reasons:
First, infringement can’t be found through “network management” techniques. There are legal uses for copyrighted works even without permission of the owner.
Second, it would require Internet companies to examine every bit of information everyone puts on the Web in order to find those allegedly infringing works, without a hint of probable cause. That would be a massive invasion of privacy, done at the request of one industry, violating the rights of everyone who is online.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Crazy Copyright Provisions Proposed in Stimulus
I won't add any commentary on this other than what Public Knowledge has already stated very well.