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New American Bill Looks to Block Piracy Websites

Category: Internet, Copyright Infringers
Posted: 06:01PM

Protect IP is a new bill devised by US politicians to put a large damper on Internet piracy. Along with piracy, Protect IP will also attempt to rid the Internet of the sale of counterfeit goods. Senator Patrick Leahy comments that before Protect IP, rights holders and law enforcement have had very little way to combat those infringing on copyrights. Much of Protect IP is based on the 'Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act' (COICA) that had failed late last year. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is fighting the bill, and seeing little improvement over its predecessor, COICA. Abigail Phillips, an attorney at EFF, claims that Protect IP will bring about "serious First Amendment concerns about lawful expression". Any site deemed guilty under Protect IP would be forcefully removed from the Internet's address book and stripped of its domain. Since many sites often redirect themselves to a similar domain, this action will prevent them from doing so, making it far harder to rediscover. Search engines will also be required to remove the infringing websites from their search indexes. Protect IP may be the beginning of the end of a free and open Internet experience, where the government decides what they deem is right for their citizens.

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RHKCommander959 on May 15, 2011 01:37PM
Just keep repeating "we are free" :/
Boinker on May 15, 2011 01:40PM
Go figure. As is we have not seen enough signs of socialism as is. So who is suprised here??? I completly understand Piracy and Counterfit goods but what comes next after this..
CowKing on May 15, 2011 02:55PM
whatever the corporations want it to be.
slick2500 on May 15, 2011 02:09PM
Websites that are against the governement.
KennyisKing on May 15, 2011 08:32PM
If the government doesn't have its hand in everything then a government is not happy. Control is what we get...So much for our liberties

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