A California congresswoman is using Reddit to crowdsource legislation that would address concerns by the internet community over website seizures by the Justice Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
In her statement to Reddit, Rep. Zoe Lofgren acknowledged the contributions made by Redditors and internet users across the country in supporting free expression that helped defeat the Stop Online Piracy Act earlier this year.
She said: “The goal is to develop targeted legislation that requires the government to provide notice and an opportunity for website operators to defend themselves prior to seizing or redirecting their domain names.”
Many in the Reddit community are giving their two cents on Lofgren’s copyright proposal, with about 80 comments made to the thread at press time.
User Tipaa said that entire sites should only be shut down as a last resort.
The user wrote: “I’d rather see that alleged copyright infringement is removed from the public version of the site than have the entire site shut down and/or domain name seized. The rest of the website that didn’t contain the alleged infringement should remain up and ready to serve.”
Another Reddit user suggested that domain name seizures should be made “completely illegal,” noting: “The government has taken down countless websites across the internet with absolutely no due process with only a judge’s signature on a piece of paper with most of the evidence for the take down coming from the biased entertainment industry.”
If this Reddit thread is productive, hopefully this will lead to positive legislation that will protect intellectual property rights without infringing on free expression.
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