"What the proposals do is allow almost any court in the United States to issue an order forcing Internet Service Providers to block access to any site that might be infringing the law."
The hypothetical cases Burriss gives would be sorted out in a court as to which have merit and thus determine who is "innocent" and who isn't.
I understand why Congress is trying to figure out how to prevent cyber-theft of movies and songs. It is astonishing that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that $135 billion a year has been lost due to counterfeiting and piracy. On the other had they have to be careful to not shut-down the legitimate websites. This could potently be a problem of right to privacy as well as over- bredth of a law. And I would even categorize it as a time place and manner issue as well. The internet is unquestionably a pubic area. Public places are a place where the common person can communicate with the public in general. By creating the online Piracy Act it will defiantly effect even the innocent social media sites. If you are connected with any social media site chances are you are connected to other places as well, the web is an intermingled system. I think it might just be worth it to try to stop the sites that are allowing the thief of online material. I had Dr. Burriss as a teacher, so I know he understands in great deal about this subject matter. I am just stating my opinion that attempting to shut-down unlawful sites and losing a few lawful ones just might be worth it.