The Protect IP Act (S. 968) has been making its way through Congress and raising controversy at every turn (see our posts here and here). Now a group of prominent law professors have come out in opposition to the bill. MediaPost reports:
The law professors say that the “practical effect” of the Protect IP Act “would be to kill innovation by technology companies in the media space.”
“Anyone who starts such a company is at risk of having their source of customers and revenue — indeed, their Web site itself — disappear at a moment’s notice,” they argue.
It is, of course, too early to tell whether the bill would, indeed, spell the end of internet innovation. However, it is reasonable to point out certain measures in the bill which provide infringement claimants with powers never before seen:
[The Act] provides for court orders forcing Google, Bing and other search engines to stop returning certain results. In addition, the proposed law would require credit-card companies and advertisers to stop doing business with sites that content owners allege are dedicated to infringement.
As we noted earlier, Google has voiced its intent to dispute part one of the above as unconstitutional.
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