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SOPA, The Internet Censorship Bill, Was Lauded By Both Parties In Key House Hearing
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Source: Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- At a House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Democrats and Republicans joined together to voice support for legislation that would criminalize much of the activity that occupies the Internet. The bipartisan bill known as the Stop Online Piracy Act would establish major new powers for corporations intent on corralling copyrighted materials -- powers that would lead to big legal bills for start-ups and Silicon Valley giants alike. SOPA's Senate counterpart, the PROTECT IP Act, was already voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee in September.

Both political parties -- flush with campaign contributions from Hollywood studios and trial lawyers -- are eager to pass the legislation. The Senate version, introduced in May, has broad support, but has been held up by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Without Wyden's hold, the legislation looks certain to pass by a landslide. The House version, introduced last month, was written by House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and co-sponsored by ranking member John Conyers (D-Mich.).


Under current practice, copyright owners such as TV networks and Hollywood studios reach out to websites to request that pirated videos be taken down. Under the new regime, they could ask banks, Internet service providers and domain name registrars to stop doing business with websites that they believed were devoted to piracy. They could, for instance, go straight to YouTube's domain registration company and demand that the entire YouTube website be taken down. And if the registrar resisted, the copyright owners would have the legal ability to take the registrar to court.

That move might not be very threatening to major players, like YouTube, with expensive legal teams, but life on the Internet could be made very difficult for smaller companies and start-ups. For lawyers who litigate intellectual property issues, the bill is a godsend, guaranteeing a flood of work, no matter which party wins the case.

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  -SOPA, The Internet Censorship Bill, Was Lauded By Both Parties In Key House Hearing onehandle  Nov-16-11 10:51 PM   #0 
  - this sucks, but thanks for the info.  iemitsu   Nov-16-11 10:56 PM   #1 
  - Most people don't like having their shit stolen.  ZombieHorde   Nov-16-11 11:01 PM   #2 
  - Indeed, this bill isn't just some corporate sop.  MilesColtrane   Nov-16-11 11:27 PM   #4 
  - It's a disaster. EFF's statement is here:  EFerrari   Nov-17-11 02:10 AM   #16 
  - really think this bill is about artist's rights?  Taverner   Dec-01-11 10:55 AM   #27 
  - You want the same Justice Department that lied to you about  EFerrari   Nov-17-11 02:20 AM   #17 
     - I am not saying I want anything, I am saying we shouldn't be surprised when people  ZombieHorde   Nov-17-11 03:27 PM   #22 
  - I wonder if Righthaven's assets went to lobby for this bill. No wonder they haven't closed down.  freshwest   Nov-16-11 11:22 PM   #3 
  - And here's what could happen to DU...  Amerigo Vespucci   Nov-16-11 11:33 PM   #5 
  - Wrong.  boppers   Nov-16-11 11:49 PM   #8 
     - riiight, and the Patriot Act has only been used against terrorists.  uncle ray   Nov-17-11 02:31 AM   #18 
     - Are you in prison?  boppers   Nov-17-11 05:02 AM   #19 
     - They can't do anything to TPB  Oxalis   Nov-17-11 06:48 AM   #21 
  - Overheated BS puff piece full of technical and legal errors and inaccuracies..  boppers   Nov-16-11 11:42 PM   #6 
  - It's just an excuse to shut down YouTube, Twitter, etc.  lbrtbell   Nov-16-11 11:49 PM   #7 
  - Do you believe that youtube and twitter are piracy sites?  boppers   Nov-16-11 11:55 PM   #9 
     - There are full movies on youtube - uploaded by users. Craig Ferguson's show is posted there every  slay   Nov-17-11 12:50 AM   #11 
     - Well, posting a full movie without copyright rights is already illegal.  boppers   Nov-17-11 01:02 AM   #12 
        - Google - owner of youtube - have come out strongly against these bills  slay   Nov-17-11 01:26 AM   #13 
           - I think it's a pretty big deal, but I am annoyed by ignorant speculation.  boppers   Nov-17-11 01:45 AM   #14 
              - I hear ya. It's worded in such a way that it's freaking people out - nobody knows what will really  slay   Nov-17-11 01:59 AM   #15 
     - I believe that those are explicit targets of the clients of the law-firm that wrote the bill.  Chan790   Dec-01-11 02:11 AM   #25 
  - What a crappy piece of legislation.  blackspade   Nov-17-11 12:30 AM   #10 
  - Washington..  sendero   Nov-17-11 05:16 AM   #20 
  - Most of America's IP is stolen  Kelvin Mace   Nov-17-11 05:00 PM   #23 
  - Will Obama veto these?  woo me with science   Dec-01-11 12:55 AM   #24 
  - You think the corporations would let him?  JCMach1   Dec-01-11 10:35 AM   #26 
  - On edit, kicked but too late to recommend.  Uncle Joe   Dec-01-11 10:56 AM   #28 

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