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:
Below is the video that introduced me to this bill: