The US Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a controversial new bill that allows the US Government to comprehensively shut down websites committing online piracy.
The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) will essentially allow the US government to seize the domain of any website found to be hosting copyright infringing material. The government will also hold the power to order ISPs to block access to such websites.
According to PC Mag, the bill, proposed by Senator Patrick Leahy, was approved by the committee after a serious round of lobbying by the representatives of content providers like Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Motion Picture Association of America said in a statement: “We believe that Congress and the administration can make a significant contribution to that effort by turning the Leahy-Hatch bill into law and giving law enforcement significantly enhanced tools for addressing a threat that deprives American innovators of the fruits of their labours and menaces our nation's economic health.”