Magazine seeks commentary from firm on controversial copyright legislation

February 9, 2011 -- David Given recently gave his views on the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act in an article appearing in the February 2011 issue of Inside Counsel. The Act (also known as "COICA") seeks to attack the growing menace of rogue websites, essentially digital stores (many operating outside the U.S.) dedicated to selling illegal and counterfeit product. The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved COICA during the lame-duck session of the last Congress. The Act contains many controversial provisions, including granting the federal government the ability to seize domain names and to block websites. Some commentators have suggested that COICA could eviscerate the protections afforded internet service providers under the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which Mr. Given judges a serious risk. The legislation should be of interest to anyone operating in the online space as a content provider. For a copy of the article, click here.