The Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (S.968) unanimously passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 26. The legislation would allow the Justice Department to obtain court orders to go after sites “dedicated to infringing activities” by ordering domain name seizures and serving orders on third parties such as search engines, advertisers and financial intermediaries. The legislation would also allow right holders to bring private rights of action.
Senator Wyden placed a hold on the legislation, preventing it from moving forward. In a statement, he said: “I understand and agree with the goal of the legislation, to protect intellectual property and combat commerce in counterfeit goods, but I am not willing to muzzle speech and stifle innovation and economic growth to achieve this objective. At the expense of legitimate commerce, PIPA’s prescription takes an overreaching approach to policing the Internet when a more balanced and targeted approach would be more effective. The collateral damage of this approach is speech, innovation and the very integrity of the Internet.”
- Press Release from Sen. Patrick Leahy. “Senate Judiciary Committee Unanimously Approves Bipartisan Bill To Crack Down On Rogue Websites.” May 26, 2011.
- Press Release from Sen. Ron Wyden. “Wyden Places Hold on Protect IP Act.” May 26, 2011.
- S. 968. Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act.
News Stories and Blogs:
- Rahul Gaitonde for BroadbandBreakfast.com. “Senate Committee Passes PROTECT IP Act But Wyden Issues Quick Halt. May 27, 2011.
- Grant Goss for PC World. “Senate Panel Approves Controversial Copyright Bill.” May 26, 2011.
- Ernesto for TorrentFreak. Draconian Anti-Piracy Censorship Bill Passes Senate Committee. May 26, 2011.