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Bill Gives Power To Block Web ‘Infringers’

From Wired:

Senate Bill Gives Feds Power to Order Blacklisting of Piracy Sites

By David Kravets
May 12, 2011 

Senate antipiracy legislation introduced Thursday would dramatically increase the government’s legal power to disrupt and shutter websites “dedicated to infringing activities.”

A major feature of the Protect IP Act, introduced by 11 senators of all stripes, would grant the government the authority to bring lawsuits against these websites, and obtain court orders requiring search engines like Google to stop displaying links to them.

“Both law enforcement and rights holders are currently limited in the remedies available to combat websites dedicated to offering infringing content and products,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), the bill’s main sponsor

What an excellent way to clamp down on free speech, and specifically any criticism of the Democrat controlled mainstream media. Just call it "piracy" and all those pesky websites will disappear.

But, of course, Mr. Leahy would never want the government to have the power to do such a thing.

[The proposed legislation] allows the Justice Department to obtain court orders demanding American ISPs stop rendering the DNS for a particular website — meaning the sites would still be accessible outside the United States

And to think, our government has the nerve to criticize China and North Korea.

The new bill… would allow rights holders to seek court orders instructing online ad services and credit card companies from partnering with the infringing sites

Which means economic strangulation.

Despite the new bill watering down the United States’ reach, the government has been invoking an asset-forfeiture law to seize generic top-level domains of infringing websites under a program called Operation in Our Sites.” It began last year, and the Department of Homeland Security has targeted 120 sites…

And they have only just begun.

Sherwin Siy, deputy legal director at Public Knowledge, noted that the measure does not narrowly define the websites that could be targeted.

“The bill still defines a site as ‘dedicated to infringing activities,’ if it is designed or marketed as ‘enabling or facilitating’ actions that are found to be infringing,” he said. “In other words, even if the site isn’t itself infringing copyright, if its actions ‘enable or facilitate’ someone else’s infringement, the government can tell ISPs to blacklist your site, and copyright holders can sue to cut your funding.”

How wonderful.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 13th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Bill Gives Power To Block Web ‘Infringers’”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    One brick at a time and no one will notice, huh?
    We stand on what we think is solid ground whilst our gubbamint
    erodes a huge sink hole underneath our feet.
    “Come to diner” said the spider to the fly.
    Freedom of speech has had its’ day in the sun.
    (I smell a weapons grab in 2012 or sooner)

  2. proreason says:

    This is too straightforward to pass. It’s the shiny object that your eyes are drawn to.

    The real camel’s nose will be something nobody will be aware of. It has probably already happened.

    • tranquil.night says:

      This might be a bigger holy grail for them than even single-payer healthcare. I’m convinced they’ll do almost anything and everything to shut down Conservative information networks once it becomes clear their remaining power is in imminent danger.

      Remember Righthaven? That was their darkhorse for getting the judicial precedent rolling. Fortunately thanks to our continually engaged and supportive networks, the tide is starting to turn against their new low in parasitic legal cronyism.

      That won’t stop them. What they can’t jam through, they sneak, and if they can’t sneak they find some other way. But they never let it be.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Right you are, t.n!

  3. Dupree says:

    Just a power grab. Any real pirate would know how to use a foreign site as a proxy to gain access to blacklisted sites. And torrent technologies (most commonly used for piracy, but also legit means) don’t download content from a website, they download from a network of other users.

  4. canary says:

    Well, I’ve noticed in searching FOX news you mostly get anti-FOX sites, and it’s difficult to find FOX sites.

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