IMMINENT NET THREAT LOOMING DEAD AHEAD: S. 968 PROTECT IP ACT OF 2011

Posted: December 1, 2011 in by John Dilligent
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“The unrestricted flow of information is the lifeblood of any democracy. Public control of government institutions especially depends on truthful accounting of activities conducted in the name of the citizenry.” — Thomas Jefferson

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The under-the-radar PROTECT IP Act of 2011 (PIPA) has been fast-tracked out of committee and is set to be rushed through a Senate vote. PROTECT IP, in case you are wondering, is an acronym for “Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011.”

This bill aims to allow the federal government and interested third parties the power to sieze websites or otherwise restrict or block their access to the web entirely. And this with no warrant or trial required. Any existing website with so much as one copyright-infringing link can find itself falling under the crosshairs. Only Senators Rand Paul, Maria Cantwell, Ron Wyden and Jerry Moran have voiced opposition to the bill. The vote is expected to take place anywhere from the next several days to the next several weeks at the latest.

As it stands, this bill is going to become law very soon. Congressional leaders from both parties and in both chambers support it, and it has backing from big-money campaign donors from unions to Hollywood to financial companies. If we don’t fight back right now, the internet as we know it will be a thing of the past.

There are two existing versions of the Senate bill S. 968: “as introduced”, and “as reported”. Read or download them right here by clicking on the links below. A PDF reader such as Adobe Reader is required. Our file copies were obtained straight from the Government Printing Office and are certified by the Superintendent of Documents and Verisigned.

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 S. 968 Introduced  *****  S. 968 Reported

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