MPAA CTO Jumps Ship To Internet Society, An Opponent Of Greater Online Copyright Enforcement
from the changing-his-tune? dept
Back in January, the day before the big anti-SOPA blackout, I was on a panel at the Congressional Internet Caucus’ State of the Net event, and one of the other panelists was the MPAA’s Chief Technology Policy Officer, Paul Brigner. Brigner had been somewhat vocal in defending the MPAA’s position on SOPA/PIPA — and especially its view that there were no problems with DNS blocking. In a blog post last summer, he wrote:
DNSSEC was designed to provide consumers with a secure, trusted connection to services like online banking, commercial transactions, and electronic medical records – not to foreign websites operated by criminals for the purpose of offering counterfeit and infringing works. These evolving protocols should be flexible enough to allow for government, acting pursuant to a court order, to protect intellectual property online.
That shows a rather complete misunderstanding of how DNSSEC works, which is odd, because Brigner should know better. However, in the brief time that I did get to talk with Brigner, he struck me as one of the more reasonable folks at the MPAA, and I wondered if he was pressured into writing such nonsense that completely misses the point. In fact, on that panel back in January, it seemed pretty clear that he was conflicted about his views on this particular issue.
I bring all this up, because Brigner has left the MPAA after just about a year, and has joined the Internet Society, an organization who has made it clear that it opposes these efforts to expand online enforcement strategies. There’s been some concern that Brigner now becomes the MPAA’s voice over at ISOC, and moves them away from this position.
I’m hopeful, however, that the true story is that ISOC’s position on things is a lot more aligned with what Brigner’s true feelings on these matters are, and that what he said while employed by the MPAA was more about the job than what he really felt.