SOPA – what’s it all about?
Stumped by SOPA? Perplexed by PIPA? In light of Wikipedia’s blackout this week, Managing IP provides a simple guide to legislation pending in the US Congress and the debates surrounding it
SOPA, PIPA, the blackout ... I’m
It’s not surprising: US legislators seem to
have an unhealthy addiction to acronyms.
SOPA is the Stop Online Piracy Act (HR 3261) introduced in
the House of Representatives by Congressman Lamar Smith in
October last year. The original version is available
here and an amended version
The Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity
and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (PROTECT IP Act or PIPA,
S 968) is a parallel bill in the Senate, introduced by Senator
Patrick Leahy in May last year. It is available
There is a third bill being discussed called OPEN, which
stands for Online Protection and Digital Enforcement Act (S
2029). It was introduced in December. OPEN is different in
several respects to the other two bills, notably in that it
envisages that the International Trade Commission (ITC) would
have an enforcement role. It can...
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