ICANN Confirms it Will Work Closely with Governments to Shutter Domains Over Copyright Infringement →
At the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers global meeting in Costa Rica this week, ICANN board members confirmed they will work closely with governmental bodies to shut down domains that are accused of copyright infringement.
ICANN governs the global naming system of the Internet.
Via Computer World:
Efforts to take down websites for copyright infringement are likely to move beyond U.S.-based registries, with ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) promising to more closely cooperate with global law enforcement agencies and governments…
…During an open session with the Government Advisory Committee (GAC), the ICANN board confirmed that it will enforce its contracts with registrars more effectively in order to meet expectations from governments and law enforcement authorities. The expectations were contained in a 12- page document submitted by the GAC, which also includes representatives from national law enforcement agencies as well as Interpol.
While ICANN itself will not shutter domains, its participation and support for law enforcement efforts will enable governments creating SOPA-style laws to more easily pursue and shut down alleged copyright infringers.