PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting “creativity”. The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites– they just have to convince a judge that the site is “dedicated to copyright infringement.”
The PROTECT-IP bill poses a serious threat to all kinds of internet sites, including The Back Row, because it would basically allow the government to censor any site featuring intellectual property not 100% owned by the site. Sites like Youtube would be forced to remove videos of people covering popular songs! It’s ludicrous, and totally in keeping with what I expect from the U.S. Senate. Now, since we here at TBR are a buncha Canucks, there’s very little we can do besides spread awareness of this bill. But if you live in the States and you love our site, then it’s your responsibility to click the link below and let Congress know that THIS IS NOT OKAY. If this bill gets passed, things will never be the same again.