Norway To Get Its Own SOPA

from the try-try-again dept

The latest in the global merry-go-round of the legacy entertainment industry seeking to put in place draconian legislation is apparently Norway. A couple years ago, I went to Norway for Nordic Music Week, and had a great time talking to musicians, managers and labels, about all of the opportunity for new music business models. It was a fun and optimistic event, seeing everyone looking at all of the opportunities out there. But, of course, these were mostly independent artists. The major labels stayed away. And that's because the only "opportunity" they seem to see is in drafting the latest version of draconian laws that will do little to stop infringement, but which will have tremendous unintended consequences, including the potential to stifle widespread legitimate forms of expression.

TorrentFreak reports on the latest anti-piracy bill being put forth in Norway, which includes site-blocking provisions:
In May 2011 the Ministry of Culture announced that it had put forward proposals for amendments to the Copyright Act which would “..give licensees the tools they need to follow-up on copyright infringement on the Internet, while protecting privacy.”

The key proposals included making it easier for rightsholders to identify infringers from their IP addresses and amendments to the law to allow ISP-level blocking of sites deemed to be infringing copyright.
The article quotes people who are quite worried about what this will mean in practice. When every copyright holder can seek to completely shut down a site, the likelihood of trouble is immense. Already, here in the US, we see regular abuse of the DMCA to take down specific content that people deem infringing, but which is often just content they don't like. Imagine the ability to do that on a larger scale, such that it doesn't just take down the content, but entire sites.

Filed Under: blocking, copyright, filters, isp, norway, sopa


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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Jan 2013 @ 7:15am

    Re: Re:

    Ummm, SOPA didn't make "foreign web masters subject to prosecution in the United States" either. Did you ever read the bill?

    It allowed, after obtaining a judicial order; to have payment processors and ad networks sever their business relationships. An early version allowed for DNS blocking, but was dropped from the final bill. Today, ad networks and payment processors have voluntarily adopted those standards (with no judicial review) and Google et al has agreed to "disappear" infringing sites by burying them pages below where they'd otherwise belong. And of course there's "six strikes".

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