Keep up with the latest developments and legal issues in the telecommunications and emerging technology sectors, with exclusive access to a comprehensive collection of telecommunications law news,...
Oracle Corp. is backing legislation that would amend a federal law shielding websites from liability for the third-party content, putting it at odds with tech trade groups representing Alphabet Inc.'s Google, Facebook Inc., and other companies that oppose the bills.
The Senate and House bills ( S. 1693, H.R. 1865) by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) respectively, would hold websites liable for knowingly publishing content aimed at enabling sex trafficking. The tech groups have argued the measures would chill online speech. Oracle, which focuses on services such as cloud computing and applications, says that fear is unfounded.
“Your legislation does not, as suggested by the bill’s opponents, usher the end of the Internet,” Oracle Senior Vice President Kenneth Glueck wrote in Sept. 5 letters to Portman and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). and to Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), that the lawmakers released Sept. 6. “If enacted, it will establish some measure of accountability for those that cynically sell advertising but are unprepared to help curtail sex trafficking.”
Lawmakers welcomed Oracle’s support. Portman, Blumenthal and four other senators said in a Sept. 6 statement that Oracle’s backing shows “this simple, bipartisan bill is the right prescription for fixing a fundamental flaw in the law that has enabled online sex traffickers to escape justice.”
Wagner said in a Sept. 6 statement she is “thankful that leaders like Oracle in the big tech industry are supporting the fight against sex trafficking.”
Tech groups are pushing for website liability protections in a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Portman spokesman Kevin Smith told Bloomberg BNA Sept. 6 that the office has relayed its concerns on the sex trafficking issue to the U.S. Trade Representative.
To contact the reporter on this story: Alexis Kramer in Washington at aKramer@bna.com
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Keith Perine at firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright © 2017 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)