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    S. 3804: Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (GovTrack.us)

    I wonder if this bill will slip straight through without opposition, if what I have read is true then this bill paves the way for internet censorship. I guess it's getting more like China every day.


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    COICA creates two blacklists of Internet domain names. Courts could add sites to the first list; the Attorney General would have control over the second. Internet service providers and others (everyone from Comcast to PayPal to Google AdSense) would be required to block any domains on the first list. They would also receive immunity (and presumably the good favor of the government) if they block domains on the second list.

    The lists are for sites "dedicated to infringing activity," but that's defined very broadly -- any domain name where counterfeit goods or copyrighted material are "central to the activity of the Internet site" could be blocked.

    One example of what this means in practice: sites like YouTube could be censored in the US. Copyright holders like Viacom often argue copyrighted material is central to the activity of YouTube, but under current US law, YouTube is perfectly legal as long as they take down copyrighted material when they're informed about it -- which is why Viacom lost to YouTube in court.

    But if COICA passes, Viacom wouldn't even need to prove YouTube is doing anything illegal to get it shut down -- as long as they can persuade the courts that enough other people are using it for copyright infringement, the whole site could be censored.

    Perhaps even more disturbing: Even if Viacom couldn't get a court to compel censorship of a YouTube or a similar site, the DOJ could put it on the second blacklist and encourage ISPs to block it even without a court order. (ISPs have ample reason to abide the will of the powerful DOJ, even if the law doesn't formally require them to do so.)
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    Re: America land of the -censored-

    Seems like yet another example of the American authorities doing what they want regardless of the wishes of anyone else, at the same time forgetting that there's a whole world of other people who will be affected and who mightn't happen to agree with what they think is 'right'. Perhaps the one positive thing which might come from this is that the number of main internet trunks which avoid being routed through the US will increase at an even faster rate than they're already doing.
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    Re: America land of the -censored-

    Quote Originally Posted by Midas View Post
    Seems like yet another example of the American authorities doing what they want regardless of the wishes of anyone else, at the same time forgetting that there's a whole world of other people who will be affected and who mightn't happen to agree with what they think is 'right'. Perhaps the one positive thing which might come from this is that the number of main internet trunks which avoid being routed through the US will increase at an even faster rate than they're already doing.
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    This is not the "Hope and Change" we were looking for.
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