The effort to pass a bill to get Internet Providers to spy on their customers for the government and enforce government-ordered site blocking has taken many names since 2010: SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), COICA (Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act), PIPA (Prevent Internet Piracy Act), and PROTECT-IP (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act). None has passed.
Today, in September 2013, the provisions of those constantly re-introduced and renamed bills are rumored to be getting written into a treaty called The TPP (The Trans-Pacific Partnership), a free trade agreement (FTA) among Pacific Rim countries currently in secret negotiations.
So much reintroduction, renaming, and sneaking past Congress inside a treaty, shows how badly the publicly traded international corporations want something.
Learn more about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty here: http://www.citizen.org/TPP
BUT WAIT, DAVE. DOESN’T THE GOVERNMENT DO THAT ANYWAY.
Yes, but not legally according to the representatives of the people, and technically only for reasons of NATIONAL security when they do it. If made legal by Congress, the government can spy on you for ANY purpose – such as seeing if you own the copyrights needed to share the stuff you share, and block you from being on the internet if you don’t. Once blocked, you have no recourse – all decisions are final. If you get blocked, you won’t know it right away – you’ll just find your site is suddenly not as popular, as in getting no hits.