The Federal Copyright Law has only been approved for a couple of weeks – since July 1 – and yet the government party, the National Regeneration Movement (Morena) is already proposing a series of reforms, stating that in its current text, the law restricts freedom of expression on the Internet.
According to Morena, the problem lies in a change introduced in the last stage of discussions for the new law, which establishes the mechanism of “notification and withdrawal”, which forces ISPs (internet service providers) to block (or unsubscribe) access to any content that has been accused by a third party of violating its copyright.
According to voices against the mechanism – which include a large number of NGOs, such as Creative Commons Mexico and Wikimedia Mexico – canceling the content without the need to present evidence or allow an argument from the party allegedly in default constitutes a form of censorship.
Senator Antares Vázquez is the leading voice on the issue among Morena legislators and has also adopted the hashtag #NiCensuraNiCandados, generated by NGOs that support the reform of the new law.
Vázquez’s initiative, which also points against the current text of the Federal Penal Code, “aims to remedy some of the remaining deficiencies.”
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