âRogue Websitesâ Bill Creates Chinese-Style Ban List
ISPs would be forced to block websites by government decree
Paul Joseph Watson
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The newly introduced ârogue websitesâ bill that has attracted bi-partisan support in the House will force Internet Service Providers to create a list of banned websites and prevent their users from accessing the sites, creating a Chinese-style âban listâ that could easily be abused to silence free speech.
âUS lawmakers introduced a bill on Wednesday that would give US authorities more tools to crack down on websites accused of piracy of movies, television shows and music and the sale of counterfeit goods,â reports AFP.
âThe Stop Online Piracy Act has received bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and is the House version of a bill introduced in the Senate in May known as the Theft of Intellectual Property Act or Protect IP Act.â
Although the legislation is primarily aimed at foreign websites, it could just as easily be applied to all .com domains.
The most chilling part of the legislation makes it clear that this is about empowering the federal government to create a blacklist of banned websites.
âA service provider shall take technically feasible and reasonable measures designed to prevent access by its subscribers located within the United States to the foreign infringing site (or portion thereof) that is subject to the order, including measures designed to prevent the domain name of the foreign infringing site (or portion thereof) from resolving to that domain nameâs Internet Protocol address,â states the bill.
The only difference between this system and the draconian measure currently in place in countries like Iran, China and North Korea, is that the ISPâs would be mandated to enforce the ban list, rather than the websites being blocked via a centralized government hub.