With a bill of about $10 million per year, the PROTECT IP Act will be paid for by taxpayers, but the burden on the private sector will be even worse with costs forecasted at around $150 million. Under the PROTECT IP Act, ISPs, search engines, and other parties are required to shut down websites that allegedly engaged in copyright infringement. As far as I know, it’s not that they’re convicted of copyright infringement and then ordered to be shut down. This applies to all sites accused of infringement, meaning that the government can force ANY website to shutdown based on an allegation. That seems like a violation of the first amendment.

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