Friday, November 19, 2010

Statism Marches On

A Senate committee OK's a very sloppily-written law. (Surprise!)

...the Department of Justice may soon have the power to suspend domain names if the Attorney General deems a site as having copyright infringement “central to the activity” conducted by the site owners.

THAT is fine and good. Copyright law exists for a reason; creators and performers should be paid for their work.

But there are some questions.

...the law’s critics do not believe that giving the federal government the right to shut down websites at will based upon a vague and arbitrary standard of evidence, even if no law-breaking has been proved, is a particularly good idea.

There is no provision in the law for trial, evidence, all that stuff. It's solely up to the AG.

HT: HotAir

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