The originally proposed bill would allow the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as copyright holders, to seek court orders against websites accused of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement. Depending on who makes the request, the court order could include barring online advertising networks and payment facilitators such as PayPal from doing business with the allegedly infringing website, barring search enginesfrom linking to such sites, and requiring Internet service providers to block access to such sites.
Okay, I've been seeing this pop up every once in a while out there and though I've wanted to read up on it, I haven't had time. But from what I have read, this really really does not look good. I understand the whole copyright thing, but this really seems like it's opening Pandora's Box in a very Stalinistic approach.
Steven Colbert touched upon this. (View a 2 minute clip here via his website. Then followed up with this debate between Harvard Prof. Jonathan Zittrain and music manager Danny Goldberg.)
Thoughts? Is this really a specific hammer-like-law going against the big stealers? Or is this possibly a blanketed cover for something more? (I'm not being paranoid with that, something just doesn't seem right, that's all.)