OpenDNS CEO Speaks Out Against COICA
A 'terrible precedent for the U.S. government to set'
David Ulevitch, Founder and CEO of OpenDNS, offers an interesting blog post
focused specifically on COICA. COICA (or the Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act) would create a website blacklist and give the entertainment industry lawyer stocked Department of Justice the ability to censor or shut down certain websites deemed "dedicated to infringing activities" -- without Judicial review. Despite the bill having significant First Amendment issues, the bill has seen broad support from several misguided politicians
, who keep trying to speed the bill through the legislative process. Ulevitch argues the bill is a "terrible precedent" to set:
...as we’ve seen with the ongoing Wikileaks.org saga, the government will try and utilize whatever resources it can to take sites offline. There is absolutely no need to arm them with a tool to automate it, let alone one that sits outside of any judicial review as COICA does. Blocking a domain name is black and white act, meaning that if the Justice Department decided that one aspect of a website was enough to make infringement “central” their only recourse would be to block the entire website rather than systematically removing the infringing portion. For many sites this would lead to massive censorship of data and speech that was non-infringing.