I am writing you in opposition to S.968 - PROTECT IP Act of 2011. I'm concerned with this bill not just on Free Speech grounds, but also because I think it endangers the technical operation of the Internet and the long-term economic interests of the United States.
1. The PROTECT IP bill would introduce a mechanism for the Department of Justice to block websites that could be used for censorship rather than copyright protection and thus violates the spirit of the first amendment First Amendment.
2. The Internet's DNS system works because all DNS servers have the same domain name to IP address mappings. Introducing a way to selectively delete or disable mappings can cause even legitimate sites to become inaccessible. Also, blocking DNS entries won't help against users accessing servers directly via their IP address, making this law easy to circumvent.
3. The industries protected by this bill - the music recording and film industries - are shrinking, but the Internet industry is growing. Sites that offer pirated content will always exist, and this bill won't stop them. The Internet industry is already offering new ways for content producers to monetize their products: Think iTunes, Netflix, Amazon Video, and many more. These services are the future and we should let them grow, not choke them with legislation like the PROTECT IP act.
I urge you to oppose this act. Thanks for your time.
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