You can't paint much of a broader stroke than that. The internet works by providing links and aggregating links to other sites, and under the language of this bill just about every website that even has the slightest mention of file-sharing or P2P would be subject to its wrath. In order to enforce this bill, if it were to become law, the Justice Department, pending minimal Judicial review
, would have the authority to have the domain blocked in the United States. This would require the help of ISPs and domain registrars like VeriSign, who controls the .com domain.
"...a service provider, as that term is defined in section 512(k)(1) of title 17, United States Code, or other operator of a domain name system server shall take reasonable steps that will prevent a domain name from resolving to that domain name's Internet protocol address;"
That goes against the much maligned, but yet very important DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) safe harbor provision that absolves ISPs from bearing any responsibility for any illegal activity that may transpire across their network.
In all, this bill is a danger to all US citizens, and should be opposed with the most vigorous means possible. The US has a strong history of promoting a free Internet, not one that puts up a great firewall. If we allow this to happen, we'll start down a dark path of blocking websites and restricting the freedom to view whatever website we so choose. Who supports this bill? Take a look below:
Association of American Publishers
Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA)
Church Music Publishers' Association
Entertainment Software Association
Fashion Business Inc.
Guru Denim, Inc.
Imaging Supplies Coalition
Johnson and Johnson
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton
Major League Baseball
Motion Picture Association of America
National Music Publisher's Association
Nervous Tattoo Inc., dba Ed Hardy
Recording Industry Association of America
Sony Music Entertainment
Sports Rights Owners Coalition
STOP Streaming Group
Tiffany and Co.
True Religion Apparel, Inc.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Universal Music Group
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Warner Music Group