Protect IP Act would give broad censorship powers to private companies

Protect IP Act would give broad censorship powers to private companies.

[newsimage][/newsimage]Copyright infringement and anti-piracy legislation seems to be all the rage these days.  A draft of the PROTECT IP act, provided to Ars Technica by a source in Washington, appears to be even more extreme than it's parent bill, COICA.  COICA (Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act) which failed to pass last year proposed to allow the Justice Department the power to declare a website "rogue" and obtain a court order forcing third parties to censor that site.  PROTECT IP takes this concept a step further, not only allowing the Justice Department the power to force censorship of a site but also giving the rights holders themselves the right to take action.

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The censorship & domain siezures that are going on RIGHT NOW are too extreme. Who’s going to give this serious consideration, corrupt politicians?
Might as well start up the sequel to 1984. Democracy’s death, 1776 - 2001. Enter the facist united states: 2012.

Welcome to the Nazi States of Mrrica.
Not sure if Eugene Mcarthy is doing hand springs or turning in his grave?
U.S. civil rights have been eroded so much that Russia might be the last
bastion of Democracy in the so called “Free World”.
It would appear that Mr. Orwell was right on the money, just a bit premature on the date.