CDT Fears Introduction of the Copyright Bill

Companies, which rely heavily on the internet for revenue, have announced that they are worried about a copyright bill that is pending. The pending copyright bill has been stated to authorize the U. S. Government to takeover internet websites that have illegal content. The bill also states that ISPs would have to block such websites.

Leslie Harris, the Chief Executive of the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), has stated that the bill is unprecedented in the US and requires a lot of careful thinking. The bill had been earlier introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy, in the previous week.

The Department of Justice under the powers provided by the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) would be capable of rendering domains hosting pirated music, movies and applications as void. It could even go ahead and ask I. S. Ps to block the domains infringing any laws.

The general counsel for CDT, John Morris was worried about the situation because if the ISPs were allowed to block domains on infringement grounds, then the internet world would suffer immensely.

Mr. Morris further condemned the bill by stating that the passing of the law could serve as an example to other countries, which might pass stricter laws with greater punishments. He added that the entire situation could spell doom for the internet.