The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to pass the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), moving the legislation one step closer to reality, reports ReadWriteWeb. The law would give the U.S. Attorney General's office the right to shut down websites that it deems are participating in piracy and "infringing activities" without due process or proof that a copyright "crime" has been committed. The law would allow the government to blacklist a website that had "no demonstrable, commercially significant purpose or use other than" sharing unauthorized copyrighted material. Sites would be blacklisted from the Domain Name System, credit card companies...

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