Rogue Website

The Senate has introduced legislation (“Protect IP Act”) that would require Internet Service Providers (Google, Yahoo, Ebay, Amazon, etc.) to shut down websites that purportedly sell infringing merchandise.  This legislation would also deter credit card companies from processing payments from these sites and hold ISPs even more responsible for monitoring the Internet to prevent sales of infringing products. In addition, the legislation includes a private cause of action against the domain owners. The need for swift and effective removal of counterfeit goods from the targeted websites should not result in a program which deprives website owners of their right to due process and which fails to effectively distinguish the lawful offerings of genuine goods in the parallel marketplace.