Prof. Lessig put together brief presentations on his blog outlining arguments for five Internet-related proposals that he thinks Congress should enact over the next year. The description for each proposal follows:
Copyright: Orphan Works: Orphan Works legislation is critical. Nonetheless, I strongly oppose the Copyright Officeâ€™s â€œOrphan Works Proposal.â€ I think it is extraordinarily unfair to current copyright owners, and insanely inefficient. My proposal applies an â€œOrphan Works Maintenance Requirementâ€ to older works only; the requirement is a form of registration.
Copyright: Remix Culture: Congress should carve a robust exemption to the law for non-commercial remix. Commercial use of such remixes should be regulated by a baseline statutory license.
Network Neutrality: No surprise: I support Network Neutrality legislation. Unfortunately, too many of the reigning proposals are, imho, radically too difficult to enforce. Iâ€™ll propose a much simpler rule to enforce that would achieve the legitimate objectives of NN.
Spam: The email system is broken. A bazaar of private remedies to deal with spam now clog the system to defeat many of its original objectives. Iâ€™ll propose a modified version of an earlier idea to deal with this problem â€” a problem that costs the American public many times the total profits of the recording industry, but has gotten but a fraction of Congressâ€™s attention.
Harmful to Minors Material: Thereâ€™s a simple and minimally burdensome way Congress could protect kids online from material deemed â€œharmful to minors.â€ Not perfectly, but certainly better than the current regime. And without constitutional risk.