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Objection to NET Agreement

  • To: net-agreement-renewal@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Objection to NET Agreement
  • From: Conor Schaefer <conor.schaefer@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 16:39:18 -0400


I realize the formal deadline for public comments was yesterday, May 10, but
I have only recently come across coverage of the specific changes to the
proposed NET GTLD changes, and would like to share my thoughts.

 From what I understand, one proposed change is greatly facilitating
copyright-related takedown requests. I find this alarming and untenable,
because there appears to be little to no oversight to these decisions, given
that only a single person must sign off on these decisions (after the $200
processing fee has been rendered).

The only parties who will benefit from these changes are major media
corporations and other entities who wield similar economic and political
influence. The equivalent of seizing and removing a domain in analog terms,
as opposed to digital, is instantly burning copies of an individual book in
many libraries throughout the world. This is not why ICANN exists—at least,
not its professed reason to exist, although there are some critics who claim
ICANN acts routinely in favor of large incorporations and at the cost of
grander freedoms for which the internet has become known and beloved.

I cannot imagine the rationale for speedy takedowns without due process.
Please reconsider the proposed stance and keep the internet a safe place for
discourse. The law should rule, on the internet as elsewhere, and the rule
of law means that large financial interests should not get special

Thank you very much for your time.


Conor Schaefer
Concerned U.S. citizen and technology advocate

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