San Francisco – A new version of legislation intended to
ratchet up anti-piracy efforts would see search engines, ISPs, credit card
firms and online advertising networks ordered to cut off access to “rogue
sites” that are offering unauthorized copyrighted media or counterfeit
goods, Ars Technica reported, citing a draft it obtained of the “PROTECT
The PROTECT IP Act mirrors an unsuccessful bill introduced last
year called COICA, but Ars notes that the new bill goes further in several
The bill may require search engines to stop returning results for
domains seized by the government.
It also would empower rightsholders to seek
court orders themselves to compel payment processors and ad networks to cut
ties to ‘rogue’ sites.