All Your Websites Belong To Us

Are you thinking of writing something about, say copyright infringement?

Are you thinking of quoting a certain article to bring attention to your readers about copyright infringment prevention?

Did you dot your i’s and cross your t’s to make sure you weren’t in violation of the COICA so the Attorney General doesn’t turn off your site?

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill that would give the Attorney General the right to shut down websites with a court order if copyright infringement is deemed “central to the activity” of the site — regardless if the website has actually committed a crime. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) is among the most draconian laws ever considered to combat digital piracy, and contains what some have called the “nuclear option,” which would essentially allow the Attorney General to turn suspected websites “off.”

You better watch out, because the government doesn’t just want control of your food, they want your website too!