Today: Court hears ‘zombie SOPA’ case
But plenty in the tech world are challenging that notion. Public Knowledge has called the case “Zombie SOPA,” saying if the ITC is able to regulate data on IP grounds, it’ll be able to block websites under the guise of trade regulation. FreedomWorks and the R Street Institute wrote to ITC Chairwoman Meredith Broadbent last week (http://bit.ly/1gYrK5g) saying the agency would be overstepping its authority by regulating data and would “pose a serious threat to free access to lawful content on the Internet.” An amicus brief from Public Knowledge and the Electronic Frontier Foundation argues that the change to the ITC’s authority would also allow it to regulate cross-border telecommunications data. Those groups have asked the court to focus on limiting the ITC’s authority at least so it can’t regulate telecom data.