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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Are the PROTECT IP and Stop Online Piracy (SOPA) acts irrelevant?

It seems that many of the provisions of the widely-vilified PROTECT IP (House) and Stop Online Piracy (Senate) bills may already be in operation, at least as far as the U.S. court system is concerned.  Ars Technica reports that a federal judge has decreed that “nearly 700” domain names associated with sites that are allegedly selling counterfeit Chanel goods must be immediately seized from their registrants.  What’s more, the court ordered that “all Internet search engines” and “all social media websites” must immediately remove all references to the confiscated domain names.

This saga clearly has countless interesting and troubling implications.

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