Copyright Filtering

From Public Knowledge:

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:

1. First, infringement can’t be found through “network management” techniques. There are legal uses for copyrighted works even without permission of the owner.

2. 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.

(my words now below)

If this were to go through, it would be a grave miscarriage of justice. I understand that illegally downloading and sharing music and movies isn’t good for the economy, but treating everyone like a criminal and blindly going through everyone’s data is not the answer.

The Public Knowledge website has more information on who to fax and email to have this clause removed.

Public Knowledge Site.

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