CISPA Pases House; Megaupload case & “Copyright Alerts” more relevant
By now you have probably heard that CISPA passed the house. Not sure why the House is exerting all the effort as the President has indicated he will veto it. So, not too worried about it and since this blog tends toward the practical application of laws instead of exploring theoretical legal rabbit holes, let’s not get too upset until we see what happens in the Senate. Yeah, I am not a fan of CISPA, but remember we are talking politics here and the end goal is not always about actually getting legislation into law, but the position of the politicians on the issue.
The more important developments, IMHO, relates to :
(1) the self-imposed DMCA repeat infringer policies that will be put into effect over the summer by many cable companies and the MPAA/RIAA. More on that soon but for a sneak peak, go here; and
(2) the very real possibility that Kim Dotcom goes free. I have been researching the complicated New Zealand extradition laws and it does look like the US improperly handled the situation. Principle #1- although a “corporation” is a legal entity, it cannot be thrown into jail for criminal charges. More later.