By Chris Mooney, Ars Technic reporterJuly 18, 2018 07:25:51Digital rights are now part of the US government’s digital rights agenda, and they’re now being taken into account when digital rights legislation is being crafted and debated in Congress.
The US government is using the Digital Rights Management Act (DRMA), a bill that is the brainchild of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and is aimed at protecting the rights of copyright holders and the internet, as well as making it easier for companies to track users on social media.
The DRMA has been in the works since 2015 and has a long history in the US.
The bill was passed by the US Congress last month, and now goes before President Donald Trump’s administration for review.
The bill, if passed, would create a set of requirements for companies and companies in general to protect digital rights and privacy, and create a framework for how the internet works.
It’s also expected to require ISPs to have a “notice and takedown” policy that would let them stop certain websites that they don’t like, or that don’t comply with other regulations.
The idea behind the DRMA is to make sure companies don’t accidentally create or share personal information with other companies without the explicit consent of the data holder, and that companies can’t intentionally circumvent digital rights management rules by using third-party tools.
But many experts have questioned whether the bill would actually help the internet.
“This is a bad idea,” Aaron Gansler, a senior policy analyst with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told Ars.
“This is the same bill that the government has been pushing for years, that has been passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump.
The only way it would work is if there is a single agency that actually has the authority to enforce these rules, but it seems that’s not the case.”
Gansler said that this proposal would also undermine the internet as a whole.
“There is nothing about this bill that addresses what should be happening online: there are a lot of things about this proposal that are really bad, that are not going to improve internet freedom,” he said.
“We need an internet that is free and open and where we can all have safe and open communication, where people can share information and work without fear of being harassed or having their personal information leaked online.”
Ganler said it’s not just internet companies that are concerned about the DRMAs provisions.
“There are also civil liberties groups, academics, and consumer advocates who want to make the internet safer for all,” he added.
“The DRMAS is not about protecting online privacy, it’s about protecting the internet and the companies who make it.”
As part of its digital rights work, NTIA is currently looking into ways to enforce the rules.
In April, the agency announced that it would be issuing a formal statement that outlines the legal obligations of internet service providers (ISPs) to protect users’ digital rights.
That statement is expected to be published in the next few months.
The agency said it will also be working with Congress to craft an enforceable Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which is expected next year.
The law would create federal legislation that would provide for a single enforcement authority for copyright holders, which could be a copyright board or a court.
Under this bill, ISPs would have to get a court’s consent to “intercept” content that they believe is infringing on copyright.
ISPs would also have to remove infringing content, and then provide notice to the content owners, so they can correct the content and restore their access.
The notice would also allow the owners to seek damages, which would be paid in full.
The notice would be required for content that contains copyrighted materials, such as songs, videos, books, and other works of authorship.
The legislation is expected for a vote in Congress in late 2018.
The US Copyright Office will be holding a public hearing on the DRAMAs proposals on July 18.