Sunday, October 17, 2010

US Congress files COICA to ultimately stop piracy


Iran and China were both known for giving their citizens a hard time accessing the internet by limiting the websites they can visit. The 111th US Congress last week, filed a bill (S. 3804) that may enable internet blacklist all over the land of the free. Details after the jump.

The COICA or Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act is the latest bill the US Congress came up with to finally stop piracy over the internet. Enabling the government to block all public websites that will violate COICA. It's like Iran or China blocking everything (including Google)

COICA creates two blacklists of Internet domain names. Courts could add sites to the first list; the Attorney General would have control over the second. Internet service providers and others (everyone from PayPal to Google AdSense) would be required to block any domains on the first list. They would also receive immunity if they block domains on the second list.

The lists are for sites "dedicated to infringing activity," Any domain name where counterfeit goods or copyrighted material are "central to the activity of the Internet site" could be blocked.

You might think that "What the F* do I care? I'm not from the US". Well as you already know, The Philippines always copy what our "brother" US do so expect them to follow soon.

You can read the complete bill here before it gets approved by the US government.

Also, the US netizens are on a crusade to stop this bill by filing a petition here.

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