Monday, December 19, 2011

Stop Online Piracy Act - SOPA - #3503 - A Quick Introduction to the Stop Online Piracy Act - SOPA - Hot Air

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES ON THIS BILL - Contact Information Below..... Vote is expected Monday and Tuesday this week ........

Last week, the GOP primaries and the dramatic negotiations in Congress over the payroll tax cut extension seemed to dominate the MSM news cycle — but, on Twitter, YouTube and other social media sites, the first stirrings of concern about a House bill called the Stop Online Piracy Act — and its Senate equivalent, the Protect IP Act — also began to crop up. We haven’t yet discussed the bill in detail here at Hot Air, but, as Congress will reportedly vote on this Monday or Tuesday of this week, I wanted to offer a quick introduction for those of you who are unfamiliar — an introduction to be fleshed out in future posts, as I research the issue a bit more myself. Introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) and co-sponsored by representatives from both parties (the bill has a total of 31 co-sponsors!), the Stop Online Piracy Act purports to stop “foreign online criminals from stealing and selling America’s intellectual property and keeping the profits for themselves.”..........But opponents of the bill suggest it is unlikely to do what it is designed to do — and highly likely to result in troubling unintended consequences. Put simply, the bill would enable the U.S. government to block Internet content for very specious reasons. Sites that “enable or facilitate” copyright infringement could be shut down just for that enabling or facilitating function. In other words, a site like YouTube could be shut down just because one of its users posted content that infringes copyright laws. As critics have pointed out, that’s akin to punishing a car company because a car user crashed his vehicle into another person’s vehicle.  Read more..........  In Virginia 5th District - Robert Hurt - 202-225-4711,  House of Representatives contact information......., Senate Contact Information......... In Virginia, Senator Webb-202-224-4024, Senator Mark Warner-202-224-2023.

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