Internet Giants Form Alliance Against the MPAA/RIAA

The Internet Association is formed of 14 major groups, including Amazon, Google, and Facebook. Their intent is to defend internet’s freedom and people’s rights for privacy.

The Internet Association was officially announced on Wednesday; Michael Beckerman – president of the group – said in statement that if given the chance, they would have boycotted SOPA. Fortunately for everyone, SOPA died long before this new alliance formed.

“We’ll make sure Congress understands how [the bill] will censor the internet and greatly harm the infrastructure of the internet,” he said.

“Our mission is to be the unified voice of the internet economy in the policy debates that arise.”

Mr Beckerman had worked with Capitol Hill for twelve years, his last position in this institution being deputy staff director of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for Rep. Fred Upton – a strong opponent of internet neutrality. And since there are concerns about the FCC, a federal court will be hearing the changes brought by FCC’s new rules in early 2013.

According to Beckerman, the group is also aware of the importance of a reformed Electronic Communications Privacy Act. In the meantime, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) proposed new digital privacy protections that require the government to get a probable-cause warrant “to obtain e-mail and other content stored in the cloud”.

This measure is to be heard Thursday in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“That’s obviously important and an issue we care about,” he said.

There are many groups lobbying against the abusive regime led by the MPAA and the RIAA, but, unlike them, the Internet Association is sponsored by big names such as Apple, Microsoft and Oracle. However, they are not part of the group, a spokeswoman for the association said.

The Internet Association includes: Amazon, AOL, Expedia, Facebook, eBay, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide, Rackspace, Salesforce.com, TripAdvisor, Yahoo and Zynga.

“These companies have a crucial role to play in educating policymakers about how what happens in Washington affects online innovation and the ability of internet-based services to empower citizens and communities across the country,” Leslie Harris – president of the Center for Democracy and Technology said in a statement.

With that said, let us hope that the newly formed group will do its best to protect everyone’s rights.

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