Congress wants to force piracy sites off the internet entirely

first_imgProdded on by the RIAA and the MPAA are trying to pass a new bill that would allow sites that dealt in piracy to be shut off from the American internet for good.The bill comes in the form of S. 3804, aka the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, or COICA. The wording of the bill allows the United States Attorney general to target Internet sites “dedicated to infringing activities,” then grab an injunction and prevent anyone in America from being able to access the site.AdChoices广告According to the bill, any service provider that has “no demonstrable, commercially significant purpose or use other than” piracy or sharing copyrighted files will be universally blocked by the US-based DNS lookup services. ISPs will be compelled to make sure that their customers don’t somehow slip through the cracks.The bill goes further than that, though: it also prevents United States companies from doing business with piracy companies. For example, services like Google Adwords could not legally serve context-based ads to a site like The Pirate Bay. Moreover, credit card companies like VISA or Mastercard also couldn’t do transactions with the site.On the surface of things, the proposal seems sound but extreme, but look at how old media has abused the provisions of the DMCA to take down perfectly legal content, like YouTube mashups. Expecting them not to abuse the power to take entire sites off the internet for the most frivolous of reasons? Absurd.Read more at Arslast_img read more