The RIAA has informed the U.S. government about the piracy-promoting
websites it would like to be dealt with in the near future. The list
includes all major torrent sites, but also Russia?s Facebook and
Classmates equivalent. The submission is particularly sensitive because
the House Judiciary Committee today discussed the pending Stop Online
Piracy Act, which would grant copyright holders the power to put these
sites out of business.
Leading up to today's hearing in Washington, there has been a lot of talk about the
Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
Aside from making streaming of copyrighted content a felony,
pending bill aims to make it easier to put sites that facilitate
copyright infringement out of business.
Should SOPA become law authorities and copyright holders will
broad range of tools to censor sites they deem to be facilitating
copyright infringement. Aside from domain seizures, they can demand that
search engines remove ?rogue sites? from their results, order ISPs to
block these domains, and cut off their payments
Based on visitor count, the number of
pirated music files that are
linked, and the sites? failure to take steps to address the massive
piracy problem, they arrive at the following list:
SOPA, all the above domains could be put out of business
without due process, the only requirement is that the Attorney General
has to sign off on it. Read