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From Demand Progress.  Sign the petition then read the COICA Fact Sheet to learn more about the bill. You can also sign up for their mailing list HERE.

It’s S. 3804, the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT).

This bill would create two Internet blacklists.  One can be added to by a court and the other by The Attorney General.  Some internet providers would be REQUIRED BY LAW to block any of the domain names on the first list and receive immunity for blacklisted those in the second list!!

What domains will be targeted?  Ones that are “dedicated to infringing activity”.

I can’t explain it any better than Demand Progress:

“Well, it means sites like YouTube could get censored in the US. Copyright holders like Viacom argue that copyrighted material is central to activity of YouTube. But under current US law, YouTube is perfectly legal as long as they take down copyrighted material when they’re informed about it — which is why Viacom lost their case in court. If this bill passes, Viacom doesn’t even need to prove YouTube is doing anything illegal — as long as they can persuade a court that enough other people are using it for copyright infringement, that’s enough to get the whole site censored.”