Items tagged "Filtering"

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Public Knowledge Response to NBCU on Content Filtering

February 18, 2010 Filtering , Press Release

NBCU Vice President Richard Cotton today called for Internet Service Providers to be allowed to filter their content for copyright violations, and compared copyright filtering to filtering for computer viruses.

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

“It is unfortunate that Rick Cotton continues to push the completely unconstitutional and anti-consumer policy goal of having Internet Service Providers filter the bits of every user in the industry’s quest to find illegal content. The current law provides that if illegal content is found, the ISP can take it down. We don’t need to violate the privacy and free speech rights of every Internet user to satisfy the demands of Big Media.

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Public Knowledge President Questions FCC Copyright Authority

September 17, 2009 FCC , Filtering , Press Release

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) does not have the authority to order filtering of Internet traffic for copyright violations or to permit Internet users to have their service taken away after allegations of copyright infringement, Public Knowledge President Gigi B. Sohn said Thursday.

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Public Knowledge Warns of ‘Grave Dangers’ of Deep Packet Inspection

September 25, 2008 Filtering , Network Neutrality , Press Release

Public Knowledge President and Co-Founder Gigi B. Sohn today warned the Senate Commerce Committee of the privacy intrusion that occurs when Internet Service Providers (ISPs) inspect detailed customer information using a technique called Deep Packet Inspection (DPI). In testimony to the Committee, Sohn told the Committee: “It should be clear that the very nature of DPI technology raises grave privacy concerns.” She described DPI as: “To put it simply, Deep Packet Inspection is the Internet equivalent of the postal service reading your mail.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes New Front Group As Attack On Internet

September 24, 2008 Fair Use , Filtering , Network Neutrality , Press Release

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

“This latest in a string of big-money front groups is nothing more than the most concentrated attack on the free and open Internet we have seen to date. Combining the power and influence of AT&T and the entertainment industry means only that both are going to wage an all-out war for the right to filter every bit of data anyone sends across the Internet. We are pleased to see that Verizon continues to resist the incessant and misguided pressure from the entertainment industry.

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Appeals Court Rejects Viacom Arguments Against YouTube

April 5, 2012 DMCA , Filtering , Safe Harbor , SOPA

In their case against YouTube, Viacom and other content companies keep looking for ways to impose a duty to monitor on the video-sharing site. Despite the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) clear statements that services don’t need to monitor, the content companies keep trying to pick away at other components of the law to work their way around it. (Public Knowledge filed a friend-of-the-court brief in this case, arguing that filters and monitoring aren’t required to meet the DMCA requirements)

Today, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York shot down the majority of those theories. Meanwhile, the case has been sent back to the district court level for more factfinding on exactly how much YouTube employees may have known about the presence of specific infringing files on their service.

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Manager’s Amendment of SOPA Doesn’t Fix What’s Ailing This Bill

December 14, 2011 Anti-circumvention , DMCA , Enforcement , Filtering , International

Monday afternoon, the House Judiciary Committee released its planned manager’s amendment to SOPA, claiming that it eliminated significant concerns with the bill. While it does fix some of the current version’s outrageous proposals, it leaves some of the most dangerous provisions largely intact. Here’s a brief rundown of our concerns with the manager’s amendment.

DNS Filtering

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Thoughts on the Copyright Alert System

July 7, 2011 Broadband , DMCA , Filtering , P2P , Piracy

UPDATE: Added mention of the $35 appeal fee in the "Appeals" section below.

Today, major ISPs joined the RIAA and MPAA in announcing a joint program to deal with file-sharing. The document governing this agreement, a "Copyright Alert System," is hosted here. Public Knowledge and the Center for Democracy and Technology issued a joint statement on the CAS, available here.

Beyond that, what does this agreement represent? It extends some of the characteristics of some ISPs' existing voluntary notice-forwarding agreements, while stopping short of a three-strikes-and-you're-out procedure.

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Three Reasons Why Google’s Censorship of “Piracy-Related Terms” is a Terrible Idea

January 27, 2011 BitTorrent , DMCA , Filtering , MPAA , Piracy

Earlier today, word spread that Google, presumably bowing to pressure from Hollywood and the recording industry, had begun blocking certain “piracy-related terms” from its autocomplete search feature. As it turns out, the terms in question are “BitTorrent,” “Rapidshare” and “Megaupload”. There are plenty of reasons why this is a terrible idea but for brevity’s sake, I will limit myself to three:

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sshh — Republicans Support Net Neutrality

January 26, 2011 Filtering , Network Neutrality

In a couple of weeks, the new Republican majority in the House will probably start hearings on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Net Neutrality policy.  The House majority already officially opened its campaign against a free and open Internet, with the two leading lights, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) and Mary Bono Mack (Cal.) out in front with speeches and petitions.

But before we get to them, let’s share a little secret. Don’t tell Blackburn or Bono Mack, but two Republicans have already voted for Net Neutrality.  They can fudge it all they want, but the two Republicans on the FCC, Commissioners Robert McDowell and Meredith Atwell Baker, cast their votes for the Comcast takeover of NBC.  And in that takeover order was a merger condition, enforceable by the FCC, for Comcast to run a non-discriminatory, neutral network. 

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Senator Cantwell’s Net Neutrality Bill: Clear, Simple, and Effective

January 25, 2011 Filtering , Network Neutrality

Today, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) introduced the Internet Freedom, Broadband Promotion, and Consumer Protection Act of 2011 to the Senate. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) cosponsored. The bill is a model of clarity, because it starts from a simple premise: What’s best for consumers, and what will best protect the open and democratic character of the Internet? The bill answers that question, by setting up short, simple, no-loopholes rules of the road that ensure that the companies that control the onramps to the Internet don’t get to extend that control and begin determining the shape of commerce and speech online.

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