‘Rogue Websites’ Bill Creates Chinese-Style Ban ListSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 09:40
The newly introduced ‘rogue websites’ bill that has attracted bi-partisan support in the House will force Internet Service Providers to create a list of banned websites and prevent their users from accessing the sites, creating a Chinese-style ‘ban list’ that could easily be abused to silence free speech.
“US lawmakers introduced a bill on Wednesday that would give US authorities more tools to crack down on websites accused of piracy of movies, television shows and music and the sale of counterfeit goods,” reports AFP.
“The Stop Online Piracy Act has received bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and is the House version of a bill introduced in the Senate in May known as the Theft of Intellectual Property Act or Protect IP Act.”
Although the legislation is primarily aimed at foreign websites, it could just as easily be applied to all .com domains.
The most chilling part of the legislation makes it clear that this is about empowering the federal government to create a blacklist of banned websites.