Agreement Renewal: .net TLD
- To: net-agreement-renewal@xxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Agreement Renewal: .net TLD
- From: jonathan bruder <jbruder@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 10 May 2011 15:41:37 -0500
Esteemed members of ICANN,
Media companies have failed to adapt their business models to the
contemporary business environment; it is not the responsibility of ICANN or
domain holders to keep them afloat.
The burden of copyright protection belongs to the rightsholder. Placing that
burden on Verisign during the .net renewal would encourage a number of
situations that are detrimental to intellectual property rights and fair
1. Unwarranted takedowns of fair use material due to insufficient
resources for legitimate investigation
2. Automated trolling of “copyright claims” which are intentionally
deceitful and life-ruining for the targets
3. Displacement of copyright protection onto a third party with de facto
responsibility but no real motivation for a comprehensive plan of rights
protection, either for the rightsholder or fair use rights
All of these issues displace the costs of copyright enforcement from the
intellectual property holder onto the owners of .net domains, and contribute
to the erosion of fair use rights. Without these rights, the internet would
never have become what it is today.
Thank you for your consideration.
BIO: Jonathan Bruder is a web project manager at the University of Houston
in Houston, Texas. The University of Houston is an urban,
Carnegie-Foundation-recognized research university with top-tier programs
and incredible student diversity.
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