Debugging Legislation: PROTECT IP

By Wendy Seltzer
Wendy Seltzer

There's more than a hint of theatrics in the draft PROTECT IP bill (pdf, via dontcensortheinternet ) that has emerged as son-of-COICA, starting with the ungainly acronym of a name. Given its roots in the entertainment industry, that low drama comes as no surprise. Each section name is worse than the last: "Eliminating the Financial Incentive to Steal Intellectual Property Online" (Sec. 4) gives way to "Voluntary action for Taking Action Against Websites Stealing American Intellectual Property" (Sec. 5).

Techdirt gives a good overview of the bill, so I'll just pick some details:

In short, rather than "protecting" intellectual and creative industry, this bill would make it less secure, giving the U.S. a competitive disadvantage in online business.

By Wendy Seltzer, Law professor. Visit the blog maintained by Wendy Seltzer here.

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