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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and committee members Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) today introduced the The Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act, or PROTECT IP Act. The act is here.
The following statement is attributed to Sherwin Siy, deputy legal director of Public Knowledge:
"This bill has a new name, but it's mostly more of the same. The new PROTECT IP bill, like its predecessor, alters the landscape of legal protections for Internet use in the name of cracking down on 'rogue web sites.'
"The bill, like the former COICA, overreaches in a number of areas, including allowing for the blacklists of web sites, the definitions of the types of companies covered by the bill and allowing private companies to get injunctions against credit card and other firms that serve targeted sites.
"The bill as written can still allow actions against sites that aren't infringing on copyright if the site is seen to 'enable or facilitate' infringement -- a definition that is far too broad.
"At the end of the day, the bill amounts to an acquiescence to the content lobby's idea that everyone whose systems touch their content has a price to pay—if not in direct dollars, then in deputized vigilance on their behalf."
For more in-depth analysis, Siy's blog post on the bill is here.