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Govt Plans to Expand Internet Censorship Powers

Govt Plans to Expand Internet Censorship Powers

Would give DOJ the power to force US based third-parties, including ISPs, payment processors, online advertising network providers, and search engines to either block access to infringing sites or cease doing business with it. Copyright holders would also get additional tools to target infringing sites.

After years of failed efforts to eliminate online piracy copyright holders are trying a different plan of attack these days by eliminating freedom of movement on the Internet instead.

After having already seized more than 100 domain names so far as part of the ongoing “Operation in Our Sites,” legislators are pushing a proposal that would dramatically escalate that effort.

The “Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011,” or the “PROTECT IP Act,” would give the DOJ and copyright holders additional tools against copyright infringing websites.

In the case of a DOJ-initiated suit, the Attorney General can force US based third-parties, including ISPs, payment processors, online advertising network providers, and search engines to either block access the site or cease doing business with it.

A copyright holder-initiated suit is limited to payment processors and online advertising network providers, and exempts ISPs and search engines.

The PROECT IP Act talks about “safeguards” like allowing domain name operators or site owners to petition the court to have the orders vacated, but it still occurs after the fact and the damage done. It’s akin to being sentenced before trial.

Search engine filtering is what should make everyone sit up and take notice. It ostensibly means that search engines could find themselves forced down a slippery slope of filtering all kinds of illegal material and sites. Online gambling is illegal in the US, for example; would these sites be next? What about sites that promote drug usage or other illegal behavior?

Keep in mind also that this is all without the benefit of due process. Site owners from around the world would find themselves in an untenable situation of having to make the costly and arduous trek to a US courtroom to defend themselves, and against all manner of copyright holder accusations big and small.

Worse still is that the Act encourages voluntary filtering and sanctions by immunizing from damages “actions taken against an Internet site where they have a good faith on credible evidence it is dedicated to infringing activities.”

Stay tuned.

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Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
Mark
Mark

There is more freedom in China than back in the USA.

Walker Bennett
Walker Bennett

I have this covered. I do not use a local DNS server, but have two: one in Czech Republic, the other in Russia. I have three proxy servers to isolate myself from my ISP. One is Russian, another is Czech, the third Brazilian. I also have an old application called Fastnet that puts the IP address of every website I visit in my local HOSTS file which gives me direct access to the site without relying on on my local ISP. The only way I can be blocked is if the government cuts the Internet backbone leaving N. America. I've got that covered, too, because I have access to a satellite uplink that allows me to use an ISP in Croatia.

Susan Ibarra
Susan Ibarra

This needs to be stopped!!!! We have to fight this in every way we can!!!!! This is so unbelievable!!!!

j r
j r

The US will become it's own little third world totalitarian shithole, isolated and shunned by the rest of the world.

blah
blah

mmm.. darknets... They are going to lose what little control and information gathering ability they have when everyone switches to darknets.

iR
iR

Time to come up here to Canada eh? Even our new First Minister is going to kill p2p. Darknet's anyone? --iR

meh
meh

where is the like button like torrentfreak.com has on its articles? Please implement it soon. I miss it already...

disinter
disinter

Well we know for a fact obama is on board with it. A man who built his entire campaign on hope and change and he breaks his neck to show us it's all the same old shit. Our own government chooses to side with billion dollar corporations to crush the little guy who's SICK of being ripped off by them for the past what? 75 years? Sheep better wake up and STAND up.

PJ
PJ

what are we china?

Mark
Mark

I agree 100% with you, the USA is moving that direction fast.



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