Wednesday, December 21, 2011

House Judiciary Committee says it postponed markup again; both Heritage and CATO write criticisms of COPA

The conservative Heritage Foundation has a well-stated and rather temperate argument (by James Gatusso) about the possible unintended consequences of SOPA, as laid out at this link

The heart of Heritage’s arguments deal with interference with the domain name resolution system, and probably hindering a newer security system for resolving Internet addresses, DNNSEC. The need for this arose out of a crisis that became apparent during the summer of 2008, resulting in an emergency industry summit at Microsoft (see my “Personal Identity Security” blog Aug. 9, 2008).

The Heritage Foundation urges consideration of Sen. Wyden’s proposal involving the International Trade Commission’s enforcement authority, even though conservative think tanks typically oppose depending on international bodies. 

Julian Sanchez has a recent critical article at the Cato Institute site, “SOPA: an Architecture for Censorship”, link here.  One of his main arguments is that it is easy for government to build onto SOPA for all other kinds of offenses (such as those related to Wikileaks).  He also says that almost any ISP or search engine will have to implement a step in its process preventing resolution to anything on a blacklist of banned sites.

The House Judiciary Committee reports this evening that the markup rescheduled for today has been postponed again (look here)

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