Govt Plans to Expand Internet Censorship Powers
By Jared Moya
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 asccess 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.