Senate panel approves domain name seizure bill


November 18, 2010 8:59 AM PST

Senate panel approves domain name seizure bill

by Declan McCullagh

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A controversial proposal allowing the government to pull the plug on Web sites accused of aiding piracy is closer to becoming a federal law.

After a flurry of last-minute lobbying from representatives of content providers including the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), a Senate committee approved the measure today by a unanimous vote.

In the last week, support for the bill known as COICA, for Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, broadened beyond groups traditionally active in online copyright disputes to include the Newspaper Association of America, which said the legislation was needed because online piracy “undermines the investments that newspapers make in journalism.” Labor unions, including the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, arguedthat American workers “have suffered significant harm due to theft of copyrighted and trademarked goods.”

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October 22, 2010 4:00 AM PDT

Piracy domain seizure bill gains support

by Declan McCullagh

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A proposed law allowing the government to pull the plug on Web sites accused of aiding piracy received a sizable political boost yesterday.

Dozens of the largest content companies, including video game maker Activision, media firms NBC Universal and Viacom, and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) endorsed the bill in a letter to the U.S. Senate. So did Major League Baseball and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat and co-sponsor of the bill, said new laws are needed to curb access to increasingly sophisticated “rogue Web sites” that “undermine the growth and stability of many industries and the American jobs that they support.” The legislation should be enacted “during the time remaining” this year, meaning after the Democratic-controlled Congress returns in November, the letter says.

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