The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:
“We were very pleased that the Commission in its National Broadband Plan showed discretion and restraint in its discussion of online copyright issues. By recognizing that ‘copyright protection efforts must not stifle innovation; overburden lawful uses of copyrighted works; or compromise consumers’ privacy rights,’ the FCC clearly recognized that copyright is a balance of interests.
“We hope the same philosophy carries over into the Net Neutrality proceeding, and that the FCC will similarly find that copyright law is not within its jurisdiction. As laudable a goal is cracking down on theft may be, that type of activity is not ‘reasonable network management’ under the Net Neutrality proposed rule as Big Media companies and their supporters would like the Commission to believe.”
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