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Re: Web caching liability

  • From: Kent W. England
  • Date: Wed Jan 07 10:29:51 1998

At Friday, Paul A Vixie wrote:

>At the WIPO meeting in December 1996, the consensus was that mirroring
>ran afoul of copyright and license issues, and that caching did not.
>Caching was deemed an automated (no human intervention required) response
>to demanded traffic, and mirroring was considered a proactive human act.

Another interesting question than the intellectual property issue, is the
question of what a NSP/ISP might do with the statistics on proxy traffic --
the numbers on hits, bytes, etc -- and the usage profiles of individuals
using the proxy.

I think it is only a matter of time and opportunity before some ISPs would
begin to exploit revenue opportunities associated with this new gatekeeping
role, should it develop.