Ashok Chandra | Bloomberg Law A bill recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Stop Online Piracy Act ("SOPA"),1 has gained considerable attention from both proponents and detractors. SOPA, introduced by Representative Lamar Smith, is intended to combat online piracy and intellectual property theft. The bill would expand the criminal penalties for copyright infringement and broaden the government's ability to block access to websites that are accused of facilitating infringement. Supporters of the bill, including prominent groups in the film industry, assert that the bill will save jobs in the entertainment industry by preventing the theft of protected works. However, opponents of the bill assert that the bill does not protect user content, is too broad in giving the government discretion over what constitutes an infringing activity, and would essentially promote censorship.
Contents of the Bill
Debate over Scope of SOPA
Effect on DMCA Safe Harbor Provisions
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