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U.S. agencies and officials would get new powers to go after foreign websites that sell counterfeit goods and pirated music, movies and books under a bill passed on Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The bill, which supporters hope will set the stage for action next year, targets "rogue websites" in countries such as China that are outside the reach of U.S. law.
How would that work, what kind of proper checks?
factually there is no problem to get a code signing certificate with fake paperwork.
People normally do not expect torrents to be signedI don't think I have ever seen software for download by torrent - legitimate code is downloaded from legitimate sites. Certainly, I don't have a torrent client installed (never have unless you count Opera) but I have never found I couldn't download a program as result.
The credit card companies have the money and the expertise to sort this problem out quickly
On the other hand to block all US access to domains under non US ccTLDs could be a dangerous precident.