New Online Copyright Violation Alert System Starts Taking Shape With Citizen Advocates On Board
April 3, 2012 | 9:32 am
From a TechPresident Article:
Americans accessing the Internet through five of the top service providers may start receiving “copyright alerts” in the near future, as a new organization called the Center for Copyright Information develops a new operational framework designed to make individuals aware that their potentially illegal activities online are being monitored.
The center on Monday announced that it has hired as executive director Jill Lesser, who has a background in the world of public policy, media and technology. Until recently, she was a managing director at the Glover Park Group, a strategic communications and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, she also worked as the director of the civic media project at People for the American Way, and as a senior vice president for domestic public policy at AOL Time Warner.
The new center is a collaborative initiative that was first announced last July between service providers AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon and the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America. In addition to Lesser’s appointment, the center also announced an advisory board of consumer advocates who have been among the most prominent voices and brains inside the Beltway for citizens’ online rights for the past few decades. They include Jerry Berman, founder of the Center for Democracy and Technology and chairman of the Internet Education Foundation; Marsali Hancock, president of iKeepsafe.org; Jules Polonetsky, co-director and co-chair of the Future of Privacy Forum; and Gigi Sohn, co-founder of Public Knowledge.
The executive board is composed of RIAA Executive Vice President and General Counsel Steven M. Marks, MPAA Senior Vice President Marianne Grant, Comcast Senior Counsel Alane Lewine, Viacom Associate General Counsel Daniel Mandil and AT&T’s vice president of public policy, Brent Olson.
The news of this new group forming is especially noteworthy because many of its members have been at rhetorical loggerheads against each other for the better part of a decade on copyright issues on Capitol Hill.
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