Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act makes it out of committee

Public Knowledge reports that the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved COICA. COICA is a nasty piece of legislation that allows a person to get a website taken down by complaining that it is infringing on someone's intellectual property. No hearings, no trials, no investigation necessary. Complain to the ISP of the allegedly offending site, and down it comes. It won't work the way it's intended, and will have little effect on criminals, but it could have a profound effect on legitimate businesses who deal with file storage and encryption. I blogged about some of the problems last month.

Write your senators and representatives. This is important, and could change the face of the internet completely if left unchecked. It's made it out of committee, but it can be stopped short of passing the Senate and be kept out of the House entirely. Find your senator's physical and email addresses here Find your representative's physical and email addresses here.