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SOPA and PIPA pirating laws lose support in face of opposition
This article is part of the Information Security magazine issue of January/February 2012
Antipiracy legislation designed to cripple websites that peddle pirated software and other content lost congressional support after stinging criticism from networking experts and high-tech veterans who say the proposed pirating laws could undermine the security and integrity of the Internet. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), two bills that were initially designed to force search engines and domain name system (DNS) providers to block access to rogue websites that are deemed to be selling or sharing pirated material, caused an uproar across the technology industry. While the legislation gives the U.S. Department of Justice the power to seek a court order to block a foreign website, security experts say the proposed rules would have undermined the system that enables users to visit a specific website. “DNS is critical to everything that makes the Internet function, so we’re taking a sledge hammer where a scalpel is needed to address the piracy problem,” says Trend Micro Advanced Threats Researcher ...
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