Senator Ron Wyden blocked a change to the Copyright Act which
would have allowed the Department of Justice (DOJ) to order search engines and
ISP to stop sending traffic of websites accused of infringing copyrights. The
proposed law is called "Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and
Theft of Intellectual Property Act" (PROTECT IP Act). This Act would
allow the DOJ "...to seek court orders requiring search engines and ISPs to stop
sending traffic to websites accused of infringing copyright. The bill would
also allow copyright holders to seek court orders requiring payment processors
and online ad networks to stop doing business with allegedly infringing
Critics of the proposed law said:
would lead to hundreds of court cases brought by copyright owners against
online businesses. The legislation would lead to a blacklist of Internet sites
and compromise the Internet's Domain Name System,...
Senator Wyden called the Internet
the "shipping lane" of the 21st century and felt the PROTECT IP Act
would impede eCommerce.
What do you think?
Peter Vogel's Internet, Information Technology, & e-Discovery Blog
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