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Public Comments for ICANN: Internet Freedom, Censorship & GTLDs

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  • Subject: Public Comments for ICANN: Internet Freedom, Censorship & GTLDs
  • From: Maneesh Pangasa <maneesh.pangasa@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 12:24:54 -0700

Fighting online piracy is important. ICANN even knows this in its
rule-making proceedings for expanding GTLDS ICANN has chosen to solicit
feedback for a Copyright Clearinghouse for new GTLDs which involved taking
public comment from media companies and other corporations with copyrighted
works to find out and resolve their concerns. Network Neutrality,
competition issues and copyright issues are playing out in the U.S. also
with Internet Blacklist bills I urge ICANN to oppose. ICANN should oppose
Internet censorship in any country by government or corporations.

 The most effective way to shut down pirate websites is through targeted
legislation that cuts off their funding. There’s no need to make American
social networks, blogs and search engines censor the Internet or undermine
the existing laws that have enabled the Web to thrive, creating millions of
U.S. jobs. Too much is at stake – please vote NO on PIPA and SOPA.

What’s this about? Congress is trying to pass legislation that threatens
free speech, and innovation on the Internet, under the banner of anti
piracy efforts.

What’s at risk? The proposed infrastructure would damage the security of
the Internet and allow the government extensive censorship abilities.

The result? Your favorite websites, both inside and outside the U.S., could
be blocked based on a single infringement claim, without any due process of

How is it done? The U.S. will be able to block a site’s web traffic, ad
traffic and search traffic using the same website censorship methods used
by China and Syria.

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