US Senate Committee in a lame duck Congressional session passed recently the Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act (COICA). Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group, calls it an ‘internet censorship bill‘. “Clearly this was funded by media cartels, but this has a lot more to do with Internet censorship as it does about copyright infringement,” says Activist Post entry.
In “Stop the Internet Blacklist“, Rhode Island State Representative David Segal writes: “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 Comcast to PayPal to Google AdSense) would be required to block any domains on the first list. They would also receive immunity (and presumably the good favor of the government) if they block domains on the second list.” Welcome to the Brave New World!