PROTECT IP Act

I was first alerted to the PROTECT IP Act today by many posts of a video (below) on facebook. 

It is a little hard to figure out what this would mean for the internet as a whole if passed.  The viewpoints seem pretty divided – from The Washington Post taking an endorsing stance (as signed by ‘Editorial’) to  The New York Times publishing a negative stance (as written by ‘REBECCA MacKINNON’). 

An illegal download does not equal a lost sale, and this seems like an alarming way to deal with the issue.  Well, kind of deal with the issue – since most of the documentation indicates that the nefarious sites can be accessed through a direct IP address.

**Update – here are the links to the actual documents so that you can be the judge:

http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/pdf/112%20HR%203261.pdf 
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112s968rs/pdf/BILLS-112s968rs.pdf

Below is the video that introduced me to this bill:

PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

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