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Sen. Patrick Leahy today introduced a bill that gives the Justice Department expansive powers to block sites that violate copyright and trademark law. As with last year's COICA bill, the cure is worse than the disease.
The House of Representatives apparently will soon introduce its own version of the Senate's controversial Protect IP Act. Here are five essentials changes that will keep the bill from breaking the Internet.
AOL, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo already prohibit pirate Web sites from joining their ad networks. But the White House says those four companies "are being encouraged" to do more.
Vint Cerf, the legendary computer scientist known as one of the fathers of the Internet, warns Rep. Lamar Smith that his bill will be ineffective and dangerous.
Department of Homeland Security launches major crackdown on online copyright infringement, seizing dozens of Web site domains linked to illegal file sharing and counterfeit goods.
Some well-known venture capitalists ask lawmakers to reconsider support for Pro IP Act, a bill that would hand government sweeping powers to combat copyright theft.
Protect IP Act requires search engines, some Domain Name System providers, and other Internet companies to "disable access" to Web sites accused of piracy.
On antipiracy legislation that requires shutting off of domain names, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt says "we would still fight it" even if it's signed by President Obama.
Prominent Silicon Valley watchdog group slams Google for not disclosing exactly why it removed Grooveshark from its app store. Group also notes irony of Google's apparent lack of respect for DMCA.
For the first time, Google answers questions publicly about its antipiracy operations and whether it looks the other way when it comes to intellectual property theft.