internetnews.com: One Net, One Law?Jun 27, 2001, 16:00 (11 Talkback[s])
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internetnews.com looks at the issues surrounding the Hague Convention on Jurisdiction and Foreign Judgments, which aims to delineate global rules for cross-border litigation and set new rules for online copyrights, free speech and e-commerce. Free-speech advocates are concerned that, if ratified, the Convention would force all global Web sites -- regardless of their origin -- to conform to the most suffocating and narrow free-speech laws, such as those of, say, China.
"Under the aegis of the Convention, countries with more strict requirements may be allowed to crack down on ISPs (regardless of their country of origin) on the basis of their customers' content. ISP's, therefore, are concerned that the treaty will effectively require them to act as Internet content police, scouring the Web to make sure sites they host don't break the laws of any convention member country...."
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