This bill would establish a system for taking down websites that the Justice Department determines to be “dedicated to infringing activities.” The DoJ or the copyright owner would be able to commence a legal action against any site they deem to have “only limited purpose or use other than infringement,” and the DoJ would be allowed to demand that search engines, social networking sites and domain name services block access to the targeted site. It would also make unauthorized web streaming of copyrighted content a felony with a possible penalty up to five years in prison. This bill combines two separate Senate bills — S.968 and S.978 — into one big House bill.
A good Letter might be:
I am a constituent and I implore you to oppose the House version of the Internet Blacklist Bill/PROTECT IP Act, which has been introduced by Reps Goodlatte, Smith, and others. It’s HR 3261.
It is written in such a heavy-handed fashion that it would even threaten the existence of sites like YouTube and Twitter.
That’s why Rep. Zoe Lofgren just called the bill “the end of the Internet.”
We hope you’ll oppose the legislation — but even if you’re considering supporting it, please take the time to hear our concerns before signing on as a cosponsor.