Issues: Intermediary Liability
Access to customer information from Internet infrastructure providers should follow due process of law.
Internet infrastructure providers enable people to create and consume content, but it’s often agreed that these third parties should not be held responsible for how people use these services. As an analogy, a pen company isn’t responsible for what people write or draw with their pens.
Policies attempting to make online intermediaries responsible for all content on their networks are misguided, undermining the Internet’s openness and environment. Imparting undue legal risk and regulatory burden on infrastructure providers impedes their ability to do business and places them in the unenviable position of policing content. A qualified entity such as a court would be best suited to determine what violates a particular law.
Section 230 of the U.S. Communications Decency Act establishes a framework where those responsible for content are liable for their actions, rather than imposing liability on third-party providers. In international trade agreements, we advocate for the sort of intermediary liability protection principles outlined in Section 230.
Recent Updates On Intermediary Liability
Statement On Passage Of “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017”
Today, the U.S. Senate formally passed the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017.”
i2Coalition Statement of Support For Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to HR 1865
“Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017.” This targeted method is the way to properly address this problem.
i2Coalition Members Join Letter On NAFTA Renegotiation
The letter addresses concerns with copyright and intermediary liability safe harbors in trade agreements.
On The Fifth Anniversary Of The i2Coalition
We exist today because we need to. We exist because the fights that brought us together in the first place have not gone away.
i2Coalition Joins Letter Of Opposition to Communication Decency Act/Section 230 Amendment. UPDATED With Additional Support
Bills such as this create undue burdens for an industry that drives online commerce and a significant portion of our economy, while simultaneously not solving the issues they are created to fix.
i2Coalition Fulfills USTR Comment Request On NAFTA Modernization
The i2Coalition has submitted comments for the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) request for comments on negotiating objectives regarding modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. The request is available on the federal register here. Our comments focus on those areas of the Internet economy critical to our member’s businesses, and the livelihoods […]