Senators explore new website seizure options

    Date18 Feb 2011
    CategoryGovernment
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    Posted ByAlex
    U.S senators will introduce legislation this year targeting websites that traffic in digital piracy or counterfeited goods, said the primary sponsor of a controversial bill proposed in 2010 that would give government agencies more authority to shut down those sites. Senator Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, promised Wednesday to introduce a bill targeting so-called rogue websites, although he did not say how closely the new legislation would mirror the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA).

    COICA, which the Senate failed to act on, would have given the U.S. Department of Justice new authority to force domain name registrars to shut down websites that allegedly infringe copyright.

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