Washington – A bipartisan bill was introduced on Monday that
seeks to stamp out pirate websites worldwide that are distributing unauthorized
copyrighted or counterfeit content. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act,
whose sponsors include Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah),
would empower the Justice Department to ask federal courts for injunctions that
would prevent a domain name registrar from sending users to such a website.
bill would "protect the investment American companies make in developing
brands and creating content and will protect the jobs associated with those
investments," Sen. Leahy said in a statement.
The proposed legislation was
applauded by groups including the Recording Industry Association of America,
Motion Picture Association of America, National Music Publishers Association
and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.