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Comment on the Intellectual Property Constituency request

  • To: <net-agreement-renewal@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Comment on the Intellectual Property Constituency request
  • From: "John Weidman" <john.weidman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 10 May 2011 16:31:05 -0600

This proposal to require that .NET domains be subject to suspension on
copyright complaints should not be allowed.  Several things about this
proposal and the idea that anonymous or privacy shielded .NET domains
are especially concerning to me.  This whole idea seems like it is not
only something that flies in the face of this countries history of
allowing anonymous speech but also seems to be something that falls
afoul of the first amendment protections for speech.  By requiring that
a domain owner publish their names and addresses will lead to SLAPP
(Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) filed by large
corporations, but will also lead to people being threatened just because
they publish something online that is unpopular.


While the desire to protect Intellectual Property is important to the
IPC their needs can not outweigh the needs of others.





John Weidman


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