The latest US legislation for the music industry and internet activists to argue about was launched last week by senators Thom Tillis and Patrick Leahy. The SMART Copyright Act is all about “standardized technical measures” (STMs) – the technology that online services put in place to identify and remove copyrighted content that has been uploaded without permission.
It will put the US Copyright Office in charge of setting “through an open, public rulemaking process technical measures identified by stakeholders that certain service providers must accommodate and not interfere with”. It’s a sign of the anticipated reaction that Tillis and Leahy published a separate ‘Myths v. Facts‘ document alongside the proposed legislation, setting out their arguments to the expected criticism.
Not that this has stopped the criticism: Techdirt, for example, headlined its story on the bill ‘Senators Leahy & Tillis To Team Up To Suggest Destroying The Internet For Hollywood’s Sake‘. Reading the senators’ document and Techdirt’s criticism is a good starting point to understand the arguments ahead.