On the Internet, generally, a third party is always involved. Discussions around the responsibility of that third party is a matter of determining liability in circumstances of real or perceived wrongdoing. i2Coalition is an expert voice in how Internet infrastructure providers should be dealt with as intermediaries.
Respect for intellectual property rights is a given. Concepts related to copyright are culturally based. What has been agreed upon in one country as an effective means of balancing innovation with copyright concepts may not be effective in another. Infrastructure providers have the means of applying copyright laws in the jurisdiction in which they are located. Recognizing that data flows across borders, any discussion of remedies for copyright infringement. and procedures that impact infrastructure providers must be undertaken with a consideration for cultural sensibilities, impact on innovation, and the rejection of similar concepts worldwide.
Liability of Infrastructure Providers
Responsibility for content resides with those who create or consume content. Policies that attempt to place responsibility, or liability, for that content on intermediaries are misguided. A determination of what violates a particular law, or concept, is the best place for an independent entity like the judiciary system.
Recent Updates On Intermediary Liability
The i2Coalition leadership team will be at RightsCon in Toronto May 16th and 18th, 2018.
Alongside a coalition of academics, organizations from civil society, and the Internet industry, we have sent a letter calling for the inclusion of intermediary liability protections, like Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, in NAFTA.
Monica will coordinate i2Coalition work on the policy initiatives chosen for focus by the member-led i2Coalition Working Groups.
Zuckerberg Visits Congress, More Discussion On Net Neutrality, And A Looming Battle For Encryption? The April 2018 Legislative Update
Zuckerberg’s visit, a plethora of potential Net Neutrality legislation, trade policy fears, erosion of Section 230, and the possible return of encryption banning dominate Congress in April.
We’ll be discussing an overview of the biggest issues that could lead to industry disaster and why that’s not hyperbole.
We are forming a new committee to handle policy issues arising in regards to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and other related intermediary liability concerns.
March 2018 Legislative Update: The Omnibus Appropriations Bill, SESTA-FOSTA, and competing Net Neutrality legislation
Congress rushed to pass an Omnibus Appropriations Bill, while SESTA-FOSTA passed eroding CDA Section 230, and competing Net Neutrality legislation was discussed.
The proposal to the agency advocated for the public blocking of sites allegedly distributing pirated materials without judicial redress.
Today, the U.S. Senate formally passed the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017.”
Amundsen Law helps information technology companies navigate legal challenges such as those relating to intellectual property, technology, and contractual relationships.
Issues related to the Federal government’s budget continue to dominate discussions in Washington after a three-day government shutdown. Fights over intermediary liability, surveillance reform, and trade continue.
Near the end of 2017 we were faced with major fights for the heart and soul of the Internet. 2018 Will be another unprecedented year of challenges to the open and innovative Internet.