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The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), also known as H.R.3261, is a bill that was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on October 26, 2011, by Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) and a bipartisan group of 12 initial co-sponsors. The bill expands the power of U.S. law enforcement's control and protection of copyrighted intellectual property and impact counterfeit goods. Now before the House Judiciary Committee, it builds on the similar PRO-IP Act of 2008 and the corresponding Senate bill, the Protect IP Act.
The bill would expand the power of the U.S. Department of Justice, and allegedly the ability of copyright holders to get orders against any websites suspected of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement. Depending on who requests the court orders, the actions would include barring online advertising networks and payment facilitators such as PayPal from doing business with the infringing website, barring search engines from linking to such sites, and requiring Internet service providers to block access to such sites. The bill would even make unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content a felony. The bill even gives immunity to Internet services that take action against websites dedicated to infringement, while making liable for damages any copyright holder who knowingly misrepresents that a website is dedicated to infringement.
Some proponents of the bill allege it protects the intellectual property market and corresponding industry and is necessary to bolster enforcement of copyright laws, particularly against foreign websites. Opponents say it is an infringement of First Amendment rights, is Internet censorship, that it will cripple the Internet, and will threaten whistle-blowing and other free speech.
This video would signal the end of the web as we know it, youtube? Gone. Megaupload? Gone? Any Forum with Copyrighted Material? Gone. The internet as we know it will END, if this bill passes.
Edited by Disco Shrew, 20 January 2012 - 01:55 PM.