A new anti-piracy legislation was placed before the United States House of Representatives this week to deploy copyright law for the removal of ‘Rogue Websites’—domains who are alleged of infringing on other site’s intellectual property rights.
Submitted on Wednesday, the Stop Online Piracy Act will be officially reviewed by the House Judiciary Committee on November 16th of this year. If approved, the legislation will enable organizations and individuals claiming copyright, to effectively impede any website they suspect of infringing their rights.
To block a suspected infringer, the “copied” party would, under the new law, simply file complaints with advertisers, search engines, internet service providers and payment services, who would in turn, terminate doing business with the suspected site—a court ruling would not be necessary.
Lawmakers behind the bill claim it would prevent online pirates and producers of counterfeit goods from taking advantage of the reputability and hard work of legitimate domains or companies.
The bill’s mechanism to prevent digital thievery is being questioned by a number of tech companies and legislators, who feel the Act has the potential to egregiously violate a number of American rights.