Coalition Addresses Federal Effect on Hosting

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – There’s new tech-related legislation currently being considered on Capitol Hill and one group believes it could have a big effect on one specific area of the online community: web hosting.

Called The Save Hosting Coalition, the group is working to spread awareness concerning legislative-related issues, most particularly information related to a bill called “The Protect IP Act.”

The bill, introduced in the U.S. Senate in May, seeks to combat online copyright infringement by giving the U.S. Justice Department the ability to move to cut off access to sites that infringe upon content.

While everyone wants to see infringement down, it’s something that could result in a negative consequence. According to The Save Hosting Coalition, the move is bad because it doesn’t distinguish between the perpetrator and their actual hosting provider. In fact, the coalition believes it could hurt the internet’s economy.

They point out that a provision pertaining to “Safe Harbor” isn’t included.

Meanwhile, the group is focused on other legislative initiatives, mostly pertaining to data privacy, security issues, and possible liabilities that could be placed on web hosts. Today the group was set to launch its “Kickoff Session” at the Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information on the coalition, visit: http://savehosting.org

 

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