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New strategy to deal with rogue websites

Ars technica article discusses a new strategy to dea with foreign websites that either defuad, infringe on intellectual property rights, or sell counterfeit products. Rather than make onerous demaonds on internet service providers, blocking content, and delisting from search engines, this new bipartisan proposal makes this a trade issue, not a crimminal issue.

Rather than the Justice department and courts dealing with the problem, this new strategy puts the problems into the hands of the International Trade Commission and hits offenders in the pocketbok, rather than attempt the difficult task of cutting off acces to them. Under the plan, if a website operator fails to comply with a cease and disist order from the ITC, the ITC will blacklist the operators from receiving credit card payment services and ad revenues. THis is currently the way the ITC handles patant infringement cases and it has worked well.

How well this scales from patent disputes between international corporations to fraudulaent e-tailers and piracy havens is still in the details, but on the face of it, it appears to be a welcome freash idea on how to deal with the problem, without drastically affecting how the current system for legal internet content exchange operates.