Public Knowledge President Joins Advisory Board of Center For Copyright Information

Gigi B. Sohn, president and CEO of Public Knowledge, has accepted an appointment to be a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Copyright Information (CCI).  The Center was established last year by content creators and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to implement a new Copyright Alert System.

Sohn said:  “It was not an easy decision for me to join this Advisory Board.  I did so because I saw the need to be an advocate for the rights of Internet users and to provide transparency. 

“As I did when the system was announced, I still have concerns about some of the points in the agreement to establish the CAS.  One of the most prominent is the threat that consumers could have their access to the Internet cut off.  I will ask at the appropriate time for the ISPs to promise not to interpret the agreement’s ‘temporary restriction’ provision as allowing for suspension of user Internet accounts. This provision is most troubling because an individual could lose access to the Internet just on the basis of suspicion alone.

“If implemented reasonably, the Copyright Alert System should alleviate the push for government intervention and excessive litigation and ultimately be a net positive.  However, for that to be the case, it is imperative that we address this issue and future concerns raised by the Internet community.

“I have known Jill Lesser, the CCI’s executive director, for many years and know her to be a person of great intelligence and integrity.  I look forward to working with her.”

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