They really, really want the New Media to go away – from Wired:
On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill that would give the Attorney General the right to shut down websites with a court order if copyright infringement is deemed “central to the activity” of the site — regardless if the website has actually committed a crime. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) is among the most draconian laws ever considered to combat digital piracy, and contains what some have called the “nuclear option,” which would essentially allow the Attorney General to turn suspected websites “off.”
COICA is the latest effort by Hollywood, the recording industry and the big media companies to stem the tidal wave of internet file sharing that has upended those industries and, they claim, cost them tens of billions of dollars over the last decade…
“Unanimous” means Republicans voted for it – why, I can’t imagine. First off, why help Democrats, at all; secondly, why do anything which in any way, shape or form might stifle the New Media which is the GOP’s only hope of getting the message out? Yes, I realize that Hollywood and the recording industry have spread a lot of cash around DC to get this bill through, but since when do Republicans give a darn about Hollywood? Anything which harms Hollywood just harms our opponents, actual or prospective. If anything, we on our side should be looking to pass bills making file sharing even easier.
And I understand that we don’t want people who make movies and music to lose their just profits for their work. If you can show me a website which is actually profiting off the sale of other people’s work, then I’ll agree to jail time for the perpetrators…but if it isn’t that, then I don’t want to hear whines from millionaire rock stars and billionaire movie executives. What this bill would do is allow the Attorney General to pretty much shut anyone down at any time without a conviction in a court of law. This is the definition of tyranny as no one will ever know if they are violating the law until the AG’s bully boys show up to shut things down.
No, no and ten thousands times no on this – and those GOPers who backed the bill should be ashamed of themselves.