Lawmakers want power to shut down 'pirate sites'

A group of senators want to hand the U.S. Department of Justice the power to shut down Web sites dedicated to the illegal sharing online of film, music, software, and other intellectual property.

"The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act will give the Department of Justice an expedited process for cracking down on these rogue Web sites regardless of whether the Web site's owner is located inside or outside of the United States," according to a statement from Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and committee member Sen. Orin Hatch (R-Utah)...

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ingiomar3138d ago (Edited 3138d ago )

The internet is for everyone and owned by no one
so nobody should ever have that kind of power on the internet

spektical3138d ago

very true. instead of wasting more cash the US barely has, they should be using it on other important stuff

DORMIN3138d ago

Not taking any sides or anything, but you can argue that stoping the piracy will help the US economy.
Doesn't mean they can stop pirates though, because they are f*ckin' pirates.

Idiots don't know that their best bet is to hire Ninjas. =P

Ray1863138d ago

Nothing to stop me from using the sites IP address though. What a waste of time and money.

Nihilism3138d ago (Edited 3138d ago )

Peer/Peer sites do not promote piracy, they allow users to share files, they don't have the staff to monitor the files being uploaded as the bandwidth is not primarily powered by the file sharing server but from the users themselves, which the bittorrent programs manage. Nor do they have any responsibility to monitor it, the internet is free, so is file sharing, people who download torrents basically just get charged the cost of the game, people who upload them....get sued for 50 million +, the corporations themselves should have to pay the cost to track the individual users who upload the stuff, I don't see why the taxpayers should fund multinational billion dollar companies. Why not put that money into the health care scheme, make it take 10 years instead of 20 to catch up to the rest of the world.

I'm just glad people like skidrow are putting out cracks to circumvent online activation that gets shoved down our throats, without those cracks I simply wouldn't buy the games, I don't pay full RRP for a rental, I would just pirate games if there was no alternative, long live bittorrents.

Umb3138d ago

Long live The Pirate Bay!!!!!

Argh Argh!

evrfighter3138d ago (Edited 3138d ago )

Yes believe it or not people do share legit files. I own legit copies of bf2 and cod4. The last two physical pc games I bought in store. Since then I've used demonoid and TPB to download LEGIT untouched copies of both games. uncracked.

first it'll be torrent sites. Then porn sites will need to be censored. Then you'll start seeing random sites disappearing. Before you know it we'll be competing with China and Australia for worlds most censored internet.

Darkstorn3138d ago

You think Australia has a comparatively censored internet? Get real - Burma, Mongolia, North Korea, and just about every Middle Eastern and African country censors more information than Australia.

RememberThe3573138d ago

I use Demonoid a lot and if I'm not mistaken they used to have a "Movies" section on their front page that was removed (although the category still exists).

But as you look through the site most of the content is pirated content. But on a bright side, it has also lead me to a lot of content I would not have tried or even known about otherwise. I'm not saying it's good or bad (I don't want to go down that rabbit hole), but I am saying that I'm thankful that people shared those things with me.

For me it's a double edged sword. On one side I appreciate that people are sharing these cool ass things with me, but on the other side I feel bad that I don't have the money to enjoy these things "legally".

Nihilism3138d ago

Just a few examples of legitimate uses of bittorrents for me. BFBC2 shipped incomplete there are no DX11 features selectable by default, you need 500mb-1gb of patches before you can get that stuff, it has an autopatch only system, which for me with 6gig/month internet is just B.S, so I can download and back up the patch data and even download it from another PC so it doesn't use my data...unlike auto patching. Cracks may not be legal, but I own the games and they make them actually work for me so I am justified in my use of them.

jakethesnake3138d ago

6 gigs/month? 6??

Man - I'm sorry. I thought I had it bad with 60. That's rough.

Nihilism3138d ago

AUS internet blows, next year i'll have 150gig a month with no hard cap and ADSL2+ so it'll be all good.

BYE3138d ago

"whether the Web site's owner is located inside or outside of the United States"

Wow, how delusional.

Unless one day we have one law which is for every part in the world that's never gonna happen.

Highlen3138d ago

its called new world order

badkolo3138d ago

Not only will this happen but there is more crap coming to put a grip around everything.

things are gonna get bad in the next few years.

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