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
2016: Year In Review
The state of the Internet’s infrastructure remains strong; every aspect of the Internet has continued a rapid growth rate throughout 2016.
Internet Infrastructure In Trump’s US
In 2017 the i2Coalition will begin providing members with the opportunity to participate in unique webinars.
Save The Date 2017 Congressional Member Fly-In
i2Coalition Members and guests please join us in Washington D.C. April 11th and 12th 2017 for our annual Congressional Member Fly-In.
2016 U.S. Election: An Internet Forecast
The unexpected election of Donald Trump, along with continued Republican control of both houses of Congress will have a big impact on our US priorities.
Internet Association and i2Coalition Join In Amicus Brief in Landmark Case On Contributory Infringement
The Internet Association and Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) filed an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in the matter of the appeal of copyright suit Perfect 10 vs. USENET service Giganews.
EU Digital Single Market Survey Preliminary Results
The i2Coalition put significant resources into responding to an European Commission study as part of its Digital Agenda for Europe.