There is currently a lot of debate on legislative measures being proposed in various countries to stop people misusing the Internet to obtain copyrighted material without paying appropriate royalties. The latest to grab the headlines are the U.S. Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act currently before congress.
ISPAI has never in any way condoned copyright theft. However, overly broad legislation requiring ISPs and electronic service providers to black out users’ content based on allegations of copyright infringement, without any judicial process, is neither proportionate nor appropriate in democratic society.
Such measures will only serve to bring uncertainty to legitimate Internet businesses, stifle development of innovative services and very likely have little impact on the intended issue.