[NyTimes] Internet Piracy and How to Stop It

[...] the Senate Judiciary Committee is trying to bolster the government’s power to enforce intellectual property protections. Last month, the committee approved the Protect IP Act, which creates new tools to disrupt illegal online commerce.

The government [...] can use the injunction to compel Internet service providers to redirect traffic by not translating a Web address into the numerical language that computers understand.[...]

This kind of blocking is unlikely to be very effective. Users could reach offending Web sites simply by writing the numerical I.P. address in the navigator box, rather than the URL. The Web sites could distribute free plug-ins to translate addresses into numbers automatically.