Darrell Issa Tells IP Czar That She's 'Not Trying' If She Can't Pin Liability For File Sharing On Third Parties
from the the-law-doesn't-matter-apparently dept
If he really wants the government to go after credit card companies with criminal lawsuits for the actions of some of their customers, that's simply going to lead those companies (and others) to be a lot stricter in terms of whom they work with. It could prevent plenty of perfectly legitimate companies from being able to offer transactions, because the credit card companies don't want to take the risk that one of those sites might just possibly be labeled an infringer. The chilling effects here would be massive. We have the safe harbors for third parties in the DMCA and the CDA for a damn good reason: because we should place liability on parties actually responsible, not on third parties who will then react by clamping down and denying important services to perfectly legitimate sites.