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Anthony De Rosa

Open source politics: Reddit drafts “The Freedom of Internet Act”

Anthony De Rosa
Feb 25, 2012 03:50 UTC

Reddit users have taken it upon themselves to draft legislation in place of SOPA and PIPA, unsatisfied with Washington politicians, who seem to have shown a willful ignorance of how the Internet actually works. Using a Google Doc open for anyone to help write and edit, they’ve come up with a draft version of “The Freedom of Internet Act”

The act addresses some basic tenets they’ve set forth. Note that these proclamations are subject to change as this is a living document and only reflect the content at the time of this publication:

    Censorship – No government of any form presiding over any land, people, or assets in any form within the United States of America shall pass any law, nor ratify any treaty, which imposes or administers any kind of censorship on the Internet, except content found to be illegal content in accordance with this act. Culpability – Only the creator or uploader of data is responsible for whether that data is legal to upload, possess or make available to other users or information services. Restrictions on the Internet - No federal union or sovereign state may pass unilateral restrictions on the Internet. Content removal - Notice must be given to an administrator of the information system and to the uploader of the content within at least 30 days in advance of any deletion of data from any information system or service, or within 24 hours of the transfer of the data in question from publicly accessible storage to privately accessible storage. Judicial proceedings - Anyone undergoing judicial proceedings based on this document must be judged in the courts of the nation where the alleged offence was committed. Appropriate punishment - TBD Rights of the user – Addresses right to anonymity, privacy, use of proxies, encryption without fear of discrimination or suspicion. Liability and Settlement of Copyright Infringement Claim - All calculations related to this are to be carried out in a consumer, retail, individual level pricing upon which the production cost, marketing cost will not influence, capped at 200% of calculated damage.

The sub-Reddit page for FIA is located here, where it was created by a user named “RoyalwithCheese22

The act aims to protect transformative works derived from copyrighted materials, such as mash-ups, memes and many other types of content shared on sites like Reddit, YouTube, Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter. It also seeks to try to address issues at an international level not just domestically in the United States.

1) If an individual resided in more than one country when committing violation(s) of this document, they shall be judged based on their physical location at the time of the offence.

Congressman Darrell Issa, Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales talk SOPA

Anthony De Rosa
Jan 27, 2012 11:20 UTC

Reuters deputy social media editor Matthew Keys Storify’d my live tweeting of a great panel here at Davos that included California congressman Darrell Issa, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Google’s chief legal officer David Drummond, Scribd founder Trip Adler, and moderated by Mashable’s Pete Cashmore. A full video of the session can be found here on Mashable.

I interviewed congressman Issa after the panel, here’s the video.


[View the story "SOPA panel with Jimmy Wales, Rep. Darrell Issa from Davos, Switzerland" on Storify]

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