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COICA amended, still threatens Internet security

Oct 07, 2010, 19:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brenden Kuerbis)

"Responding to a cacophony of opposing voices, citing free expression and global governance concerns, the proposed Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) has been slowed down for now. COICA is now scheduled to be taken up during the lame duck session following the November elections, which makes this "intergalacticly bad idea" still very dangerous. For those legislators who won't be returning there is nothing to lose, they might as well placate the well-funded and powerful intellectual property lobby behind it.

"An amended version of the bill is now floating around. A comparison reveals that staffers are getting feedback from the network operators who will have to implement the process - namely ISPs and registrars. Changes have been made in an attempt to limit COICA's effects on operation of the global DNS. However, an under appreciated facet is how the bill's attempt to use Internet intermediaries for the purpose of enforcing intellectual property rights (IPR) will impact the Internet's security."

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