Proposed Protect IP Act Would Wipe Out Site Listings

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – New legislation, titled the Protect IP Act could mean the end for some websites as currently known. The legislation, backed by copyright holders, including movie studios, attempts to curb back on sites suspected of violating trademark and copyright laws.

The legislation would give the U.S. Department of Justice the power to file a court order against the suspected sites. It would also give the department the ability to have popular internet search engines such as Google and Yahoo remove the site’s listing from searches. The end effect is that the sites would begin to disappear from domain and search listings.
The act has bipartisan support in the U.S. senate and such sponsors include Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT).

One of the Protect IP Act’s largest supporters is the Motion Picture Association of America. Upon consideration of the bill, the association’s Executive Vice President Michael O’Leary stated, “We want to thank Chairman Leahy, Senator Hatch, and the other co-sponsors for recognizing the true cost of online content theft and for seeking new tools to effectively enforce U.S. laws on the online marketplace”.

Despite such support, the bill remains somewhat controversial. The legislation fails to require broadband providers to follow the specifics listed in the legislation, a move applauded by the National Cable and Telecommunications Association.

The latest bill follows a similar bill passed by the senate last fall, yet the approach is a bit different. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) also gave the justice department the ability to pull the plug on suspected sites.