A recently proposed bill named the Protect IP Act the law will remove websites that dish out pirated content from the Internet address books, making them hard to find by their domain name. The law would force search engines to stop listing these infringing sites in their index.
The Protect IP Act would allow copyright holders to apply for court orders to get sites blocked or de-listed. In addition to shutting down easy access to those websites, payment firms and ad networks could be told to stop servicing such sites.
Don’t believe me read what others are saying, Ars Technica notes, both YouTube and Veoh have been sued by rights holders in the past. The US government has authorize Google the authority to black list and block piracy websites.
- Americans face piracy site blocks (bbc.co.uk)
- US Government given authority to blacklist piracy sites (thenextweb.com)
- America’s net censorship bill is back and worse than ever (boingboing.net)
- Senate Bill Gives Feds Power to Order Blacklisting of Piracy Sites (wired.com)
- Son Of COICA: PROTECT IP Act Will Allow For Broad Censorship Powers, Even Granted To Copyright Holders (censorshipinamerica.com)
- Draft Of Bill Designed To Shutter Piracy Websites Leaks Online (paidcontent.org)
- ‘Rogue websites’ bill returns to US Senate (alternet.org)
- New Copyright Bill Targets ISPs, Search Engines (pcworld.com)
- Revised ‘Net censorship bill requires search engines to block sites, too (arstechnica.com)