‘Law Döring’ Internet curb advance

The draft law to regulate the Internet in Mexico proposed by Senator Federico Döring, protection of copyright can not be used as an excuse or take precedence over the use of the network, say experts.

“Internet is killing the business (…) and does not like some,” said Manuel Tamez, head of Government Affairs for Google, on the interest of the music industry to contain the phenomenon of sharing music through network.

During the conference “Internet in the soup”, which organized the Observatel analysis center on Thursday, the panel harshly criticized the proposal of the legislature.

The reform initiative launched in December by Senator the National Action Party, proposes to be considered as an offense the illegal downloading of copyrighted material by copyright.

The so-called ‘Law Döring’ gained prominence earlier this year when Congress debated the bill Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), who was arrested following protests by groups in favor of freedom of expression.

Manuel Tamez added that such standards stifles innovation and content creation in an attempt to tackle piracy. The manager of Google explained that prevent this crime there are other alternatives, and raised the example of YouTube.

“It has the technology to detect the protected content and place ads so that the creator receives money for these reproductions,” said Tamez.

The regulation as proposed by Senator Döring stops the development of the Internet in places where just beginning to bloom, said Maria Elena turn Meneses, professor at the Tec de Monterrey Campus in Mexico City.

“One of the side effects would inhibit the use of Internet in places like Mexico, just go on a growth path,” said the academic.

Mexico has 34.87 million Internet users, of which only 16.92 million accessed the Internet from their homes, according to estimates by the Cofetel to 2010, while broadband penetration in Mexico ended in 18% of the population in 2011 and the Government hopes to achieve a rate of 22% at the end of 2012.

On that subject, the country still has the lowest percentage among the countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The ‘Law Döring’ and similar projects in other countries not only create a hazard to the right to information, but to all the rights of a human being, health, education or sexual Pisanty said Alexander, professor National Autonomous University of Mexico.

“We have seen congelatorios effects that put the fear governments and companies can inhibit behavior. From this arise the risks of collateral damage of these laws based on a culture of control, regulating and monitoring the environment,” said Pisanty.

He noted as an example of this effect for the two twitters accused of terrorist acts through the social network in Veracruz last year or geolocation new law passed a few weeks ago by Congress.

Proposals such as the Law Döring not bear the least rigorous analysis, considered Aleida Calleja, president of the Mexican Association of Information.

“What do many conferences (in the world) is bowing to the companies, rather than issues such as ensuring the neutrality of the law,” said the expert.

Also, Calleja said that there should be limits on the Internet, but only in extreme cases such as child pornography or information that promotes racism, terrorism or other acts of hatred.


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