Reject the PROTECT IP Act: Write to Your Lawmakers

The PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) is a threatening sequel to last year’s COICA Internet censorship bill that would—like its predecessor—invite Internet security risks, threaten online speech, and hamper Internet innovation. Urge your members of Congress to reject this dangerous bill!

Big media and its allies in Congress are billing the PROTECT IP Act as a new way to prevent online infringement. But innovation and free speech advocates know that PIPA is nothing more than a dangerous wish list that will compromise Internet security while doing little or nothing to encourage creative expression.

PROTECT IP = Private Rightsholders Opposed To Emerging Consumer Technologies, Innovation, and Progress

As drafted, the bill seeks to stop websites believed to be “dedicated” to “infringing activities” by granting the government the unprecedented power to attack the Internet’s domain name system (DNS). The government would be able to force ISPs and search engines to redirect or dump users’ attempts to reach certain websites’ URLs. In response, third parties will woo average users to alternative servers that offer access to the entire Internet (not just the newly censored U.S. version), which will create new computer security vulnerabilities as the reliability and universality of the DNS evaporates.

It gets worse: the bill uses the following dangerously expansive definition of DNS server: “a server or other mechanism used to provide the Internet protocol address associated with a domain name.” This loose, uncabined definition could lead to the targeting of other technologies—like operating systems, email clients, web clients, routers, and more—that are capable of providing IP addresses when given domain names like a traditional DNS server.

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has placed a hold on the Senate version of the bill, taking a principled stand against a very dangerous bill. But every Senator and Representative should be opposing the PROTECT IP Act — contact your members of Congress today to speak out!

Click here to complete an online form to send directly to your lawmakers.

Re-Published from The Electronic Frontier Foundation website under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.

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2 comments on “Reject the PROTECT IP Act: Write to Your Lawmakers
  1. If enacted, not only would the PROTECT IP Act raise grave technical and security concerns, it would also take away Americans’ access to locate safe, affordable prescription medications online–even from trusted, legitimate Canadian and other international pharmacies. RxRights, a national coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to promoting and protecting American consumer access to sources of safe, affordable prescription drugs, is also encouraging consumers to send letters to their representatives on Capitol Hill and the White House to voice their opposition to the PROTECT IP Act in its current form. For more information, please visit RxRights.org.

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