Thursday, November 18, 2010

S.3804 - Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act

S.3804 - Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act; Senator Patrick Leahy D-VT

9/20/2010--Introduced.Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act - Amends the federal criminal code to authorize the Attorney General (AG) to commence an action for injunctive relief against a domain name used by an Internet site that is "dedicated to infringing activities," even where such a domain name is not located in the United States. Defines an Internet site that "dedicated to infringing activities" as a site that is:
(1) subject to civil forfeiture;
(2) designed primarily to offer goods or services in violation of federal copyright law; or
(3) selling counterfeit goods. Requires the AG to maintain a public listing of domain names that the Department of Justice (DOJ) determines are dedicated to infringing activities but for which the AG has not filed an action. Allows parties to petition the AG to remove such a domain name from the list and obtain judicial review of the final determination in a civil action.

Comment: This bill should be opposed because it another avenue the US Government will use to control the Internet, hinder the global cyber industry research and development, and potentially free speech.

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