The US Congressional Budget Office has published details of how much it expects the anti-piracy Protect IP Act to cost over the next five years. And? $47 million, with a decent chunk of that going on the staff required to “commence legal actions against individuals who operate or register an Internet site dedicated to activities infringing on copyrights of others”. Specifically, the Justice Department thinks it will need to hire 22 special agents and 26 support staff to fulfil its remit of going after infringing sites. As Ars Technica points out, what remains unclear is how much the Act will cost private companies in compliance costs – ISPs, search engines and payment companies. Source: Ars Technica

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