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Why SOPA matters in Europe
Technical and political implications of SOPA, PIPA and OPEN
You have probably heard about there proposed SOPA legislation. Together with its sister acts PIPA and OPEN, it does affect more than just the USA in its current form, and thus it is something that matters to Europe for several reasons.
1. Tampering with DNS and opening up cyber security issues.
As originally drafted, both SOPA and PIPA call for DNS blocking of infringing websites (infringement being determined by the US Department of Justice). DNS blocking would send internet users looking for alternative channels to access information they want to access, bypassing DNS with less secure systems. In light of the recent SOPA and PIPA outcry, the original sponsor has dropped the DNS-tampering clauses, and White House has released a position statement saying that it will not support any bill which involves tampering with the DNS system, removing this thread (at least for now). However, the statement does suggest that the government is still interested in some form of these bills, leaving other implications open.
2. Extension of Safe-Harbour policy
The so-called safe harbour policy is the legal agreement that currently allows data to flow from the EU to USA, and ensures that the more liberal US data privacy terms are applied to the transferred data as opposed to the stricter EU terms. In particular, the proposal extends the liberal handling from mostly personal data to include copyright abuse handling and patent infringement handling according to US terms. These changes are particularly relevant for compnies and government branches that outsource their IT directly or indirectly to the USA.
3. US courts and domestic trade protection office receives power to cut off foreign websites
SOPA and PIPA both allow the Department of Justice to block access and payments to sites it deems as infringing on copyright. Due to loose definition, this could be anything from a social media platform where users have posted an unattributed quote from another news source, to Hollywood movie streaming / download sites, to directory sites that happen to list such content.
OPEN forwards copyright and patent issues to the USITC (United States International Trade Commission) to determine whether to cut off payment processing and network services for foreign websites. Note that, despite having the term "International" in it's name, the purpose of the USITC is not to collaborate with the UN on trade issues, but to protect domestic businesses. In particular, this regulation affects sites registered with a .com, .org, or .net domains – which are registered in Virginia and, at least in the UK, that is sufficient to justify compliance with US extradition orders to have the site owner extradited to the United States for infringement crimes against sites that are hosted, operated, and otherwise completely legal in the country of operation.
4. Political blackmail pressure from the USA on Europe to adopt similar legislation.
Recently, Spain passed the Sinde law, which in many ways reflects the US SOPA draft. It gives Spanish authorities the right to block websites upon receipt of a complaint, and shut down or unblock websites on a case-by-case basis after an individual hearing. Leaked documents indicate that the US government had threatened Spain with trade sanctions if they did not pass the law, suggesting foul play. Whether other nations considering similar legislation have also been threatened remains unclear.
5. Increased corporate surveillance incentives.
SOPA and PIPA both provide incentives for large corporations to introduce surveillance measures of activities taking place on their infrastructure (including both foreign and domestic traffic). This may have implications on European customers using US-provided cloud infrastructure.
Summary of SOPA, PIPA, OPEN: http://www.districtdispatch.org/2012/01/pipa-sopa-and-open-act-quick-reference-guide/
White House Response to SOPA, PIPA, OPEN: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#/!/response/combating-online-piracy-while-protecting-open-and-innovative-internet
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