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Dear ICANN, Please Protect Net Neutrality

  • To: net-agreement-renewal@xxxxxxxxx, Posterous All <post@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Dear ICANN, Please Protect Net Neutrality
  • From: Cathal Garvey <cathalgarvey@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 10 May 2011 20:03:49 +0100

The following is an open letter to ICANN, spurred by the suggestion that
they might capitulate to demands from lobbyists to help cripple one of the
main Top-Level-Domains (TLD) of the internet, the ".net" domain.

I am writing to you to plead that you discard the unreasonable demands of
copyright lobby organisations that the .net TLD be subject to unreasonable
and unnecessary oversight.

Fitstly, a privatised agreement that supersedes and even expands the already
potent DMCA is unnecessary, as a legal route to takedown of infringing
content is already well established and, some would say, overused.

Secondly the suggestion that privacy on the register be removed is both
hypocritical (the industry lobbyists in question have a private
registration) and unnecessary. Moreover, the potential for abuse of such a
system is already evident given the invasive, litigious methods already used
by copyright lobbyists (serving mass-suits from distant courts to poor
families to force settlement for potentially nonexistent "infringements"
being only one example of such).

I hope that, as the present stewards of the primary TLDs today, you will see
the sense in refusing these demands and preserving the remaining freedom of
the internet.

Yours sincerely,
Cathal Garvey

Sent from my Phone

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