Internet Regulation

Are stiffer rules needed to protect web content?


Lawmakers are struggling with tough questions about how to regulate digital media and the Internet. With digitized versions of feature films and recorded music playable on personal computers and cell phones, the film, television and music industries have repeatedly complained that global “pirates” use cheap, widely available computer technology and the Internet to steal their intellectual property and profits. A bill to require Internet service providers (ISPs) to shut down websites suspected of posting or distributing copyrighted material stalled in Congress. Meanwhile, ISPs are fighting government attempts to bar them from discriminating against certain websites. Advocates say such “net neutrality” rules are needed to prevent situations in which, for example, a cable TV-owned ISP that also sells video content might slow the flow of video ...

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