The internet has flourished in part because internet platforms permit users to post and share information without fear that those platforms will be held liable for third-party content. The threat of liability can transform ISPs and websites into gatekeepers and enforcement agents, incentivizing them to block user generated content, even if legal – making the web less free, innovative, and collaborative. Consequently, the Internet Association supports the federal policy codified in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and Section 512 of the Copyright Act, which explicitly protects against liability for content posted by third party users.
Washington, DC – IA Director, Trade Policy Jordan Haas released the following statement in response to the Department Of Homeland Security (DHS) report on counterfeit and pirated goods: “The internet industry works to ensure consumers are protected from counterfeit goods and partners with brands to protect their intellectual property. IA members have clear anti-counterfeiting policies,… Read more