Thursday, December 15, 2011

SOPA contradicts recommendations of OECD on Internet Policy

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), with 34 member states (including Egypt)  announced on Dec. 13 its Recommendation for Internet Policy Making, here.

Katitza Rodriquez has a commentary for Electronic Frontier Foundation this morning, announced on Twitter, which shows how SOPA and Protect-IP undermine the credibility of the US as a leader in Internet freedom, with its sudden rush to “defend copyright at any cost.”  Already China is taking notice and there are signs it is using the objections of major US media industries to “amateurism” to justify its continued veil of censorship.  The EFF link is here.  What kind of example do we set for Thailand with its "lese majeste" laws.
SOPA is due for “markup” before the US House of Representatives today, Dec. 15.

Of course, there is a technical question with international ramifications:  Is it really possible for the US to segregate "foreign sites" and treat them differently?  The New York Times had recommended that idea as a compromise. 

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