If this bill passes, it would mean that sites that offer material that infringes on copyrights would be subject to the “kill switch” without having to rely on the cooperation of foreign governments or courts. This is bad news for bittorrent users since many torrent websites are hosted outside of the U.S., (for example Pirate Bay had been hosted in Sweden for many years).

Here’s how it would work

  • U.S. Attorney General issues an action against the U.S.-based domain name (ANYTHING ending with .com, .net, or .org).
  • Attorney General applies for an injunction “against the domain name used by an Internet site dedicated to infringing activities, to cease and desist from undertaking any infringing activity….” Only a judge needed, no jury.
  • If the judge issues the injunction, the site is dead within the U.S. Not only will people not be able to access it, but the legislation plans for new sites to pop up to quickly replace ones that were taken down, and makes it easy to expand the injunction onto other domains. It also prevents ad networks from serving ads to these sites, killing their revenue immediately.

They’re breaking out the big guns. Piracy or no, if this passes, this is bad news for the future of the internet.

via ZDNet [Bill would let U.S. kill allegedly infringing sites without trial, immunize ISPs]