- The EFF is deeply disappointed to report that the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the COICA Internet censorship bill this morning, despite bipartisan opposition, and countless experts pointing out how it would be ineffective, unconstitutional, bad for innovation and the tech economy, and would break the Internet.
To recap, COICA gives the government dramatic new copyright enforcement powers, in particular the ability to make entire Web sites disappear from the Internet if infringement, or even links to infringement, are deemed to be "central" to the purpose of the site.
Rather than just targeting files that actually infringe copyright law, COICA's "nuclear-option" design has the government blacklisting entire sites out of the domain name system – a reckless scheme that will undermine global Internet infrastructure and censor legitimate online speech.
Since COICA affects sites that even "link" to copywritten content and has no checks and balances, sites like PS3News are especially at risk even though they don't actually host any infringing material.
I urge you to inform yourself more about this horrific abomination of legislation:
Full Text of the Bill: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-3804
EFF's Analysis of the bill (and...