Pirate Things / Congress Still Aims Protect/Censor The Internet

In censorship-forms of the Internet for local residents of the United States, some U.S. Congress have introduced a bill that would likely set limitations upon many Internet users, and Internet Service Providers. The Bill, which titles many ways to curve websites or services that may infringe on Copyrights is most likely to be deemed unconstitutional from many.

The Bill would make many Internet Service Providers in the United States, if not all Internet Service Providers abide by U.S. Government, Private and Public organizations (companies like: Recording Industry Association of America, and Motion Picture Association of America), and notably those who may have previously used the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) to follow orders on the assumption that said website, service, or person is infringing upon Intellectual Property.

The "assumption of infringing on Intellectual Property" would allow the IP owner to order the website or service offline, or Internet Service Provider to disconnect or otherwise "remove the website or service from the Domain Name System" to make it unavailable to any one that may use that particular Domain Name System. Said website, service, or person would then have to "prove that they are not infringing" on any Intellectual Property.

Many individuals feel that this Bill violates the existing freedom of the Internet within the United States, and that it goes against the basis of "innocent until proven guilty," the traditional way of courts. This would instead by in the reverse, "guilty until proven innocent" with no evidence other than the presented evidence by the IP owner, and not the alleged offender.

In the other assumed traditional sense, IP owners may have instead sent a DMCA "takedown" notice to the offender, or Provider to have the content removed.

http://gigaom.com/2011/10/27/looks-like-congress-has-declared-war-on-the-internet/
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20126165-281/copyright-bill-revives-internet-death-penalty/
http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/pdf/112%20HR%203261.pdf