PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House that would enable the government and corporate entities the ability to censor the Internet. Intended to assist the entertainment industry in anti-piracy efforts, the law would shut down entire sites if a party can convince a judge that the site is “dedicated to copyright infringement.”
Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would cost us $47 million tax dollars a year — that’s for a fix that manyrgue will not shut down piracy efforts, but may disrupt the Internet, stifle innovation and free speech. Some argue the bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights.
Unallocated Space very rarely involves itself in the political sphere, but the potential consequences of this bill are frightening. As a community heavily engaged in the Internet and how it functions, we encourage you to find out more about how the proposed legislation works so you can be informed and voice your opinion on it to your Representatives in Congress.