Bill Keller, former executive editor of The New York Times, recently responded to detractors of a column he penned on PIPA/SOPA.
In a blog post, Keller writes, "Much of the mail bristles with resentment of the corporate behemoths that have tried to protect music, film and books by building higher legal walls around their property."
CDT is among the immense and philosophically diverse crowd that bristled during the PIPA/SOPA debate. By now it should be well understood that our objections weren’t focused on rightsholders' desire to protect their work, but rather on the methods by which they wanted to protect it.
Keller continues, "[I]t should be well within the capability of the Internet giants to filter their traffic for the most egregious pirates, just as good citizenship (and in some cases the law) would oblige a bus company to notify police if the bus line was being used to facilitate a crime. At least it’s worth exploring."
In fact, relying on "Internet giants" to filter user traffic is far more problematic than it first appears. This is precisely what was "explored" in the PIPA/SOPA debate – and precisely what made the bills so controversial.
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