The i2Coalition, along with the Internet Association, Consumer Technology Association, and the Computer & Communications Industry Association have filed a joint amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in the matter of the appeal of copyright suit of Perfect 10, Inc. Vs Giganews, Inc. And Livewire Services, Inc. The suit could have wide-reaching consequences, greatly increasing the liability risk for Internet service providers. These changes would make the costs for small to medium businesses astronomical, potentially pushing them out of the industry entirely.
i2Coalition C0-Founder, Board and Policy Chair David Snead on the brief: “The panel decision in this case should be upheld. Overturning the panel decision would subject Internet infrastructure providers to new liability that is wholly untethered to traditional copyright principles.”
“It’s evident that this issue is important not just for Giganews, but for the entire Internet infrastructure community. The infrastructure industry, that the i2Coalition fights for, provides the resources for businesses of all sizes to make their voices heard. Liability issues like this, if the wrong decisions are made, could be catastrophic for this industry, and for Internet innovation in general. We are here to defend against that.” added Christian Dawson, i2Coalition Executive Director, and Co-Founder.
In their release, CCIA President & CEO Ed Black noted: “The problem with this request to expand copyright liability is that it will do too little to stop online piracy while doing too much damage to internet services and news sites which are following the law.”
The brief can be found below.