U.S. Congress Introduces 'The Stop Online Piracy Act'

October 27, 2011 -

On Wednesday Lawmakers in the United States introduced "The Stop Online Piracy Act," a bill that would give the government the ability to block web sites in the United States and abroad who traffic in counterfeit goods, illegal software, and other copyrighted goods.

The bill has managed to garner bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and is a tweaked version of a bill introduced in the Senate in May called the "Theft of Intellectual Property Act" or "Protect IP Act." Naturally the bill has the support of movie studios, the music industry, the Business Software Alliance, the National Association of Manufacturers, the US Chamber of Commerce and many other lobbyists groups.

It does not have the support of digital rights and free speech advocacy groups because it allows law enforcement agencies in the U.S. to unilaterally shut down access to website here and abroad, without due process.

House Judiciary Committee chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) thinks the bill is important. He claims that it "helps stop the flow of revenue to rogue websites and ensures that the profits from American innovations go to American innovators.

"Rogue websites that steal and sell American innovations have operated with impunity," Smith said in a statement. "The online thieves who run these foreign websites are out of the reach of US law enforcement agencies and profit from selling pirated goods without any legal consequences. The bill prevents online thieves from selling counterfeit goods in the US, expands international protections for intellectual property, and protects American consumers from dangerous counterfeit products.

Bill co-sponsor Howard Berman (D-California) says it is "an important next step in the fight against digital theft and sends a strong message that the United States will not waiver in our battle to protect America's creators and innovators."

The Center for Democracy and Technology said the House bill "raises serious red flags" because it contains "the most controversial parts of the Senate's Protect IP Act, but radically expands the scope. They claim that "any website that features user-generated content or that enables cloud-based data storage could end up in its crosshairs."

"Internet Service Providers would face new and open-ended obligations to monitor and police user behavior," the CDT said in a statement. "Payment processors and ad networks would be required to cut off business with any website that rightsholders allege hasn't done enough to police infringement. The bill represents a serious threat to online innovation and to legitimate online communications tools."

The House Judiciary Committee is to hold a hearing on the bill November 16.

Source: Breitbart

Image provided by Shutterstock.com. All rights reserved.

 


Comments

Re: U.S. Congress Introduces 'The Stop Online Piracy Act'

America, police of the world!

America, everything is ours (and our lobbyist!)

What I want to know is why when they made three branches of government, they never took under consideration that they could all be bought at the same time...

Re: U.S. Congress Introduces 'The Stop Online Piracy Act'

Well that is it lets pack up and go back to the cave!


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

---

Patreon

Deviantart

Re: U.S. Congress Introduces 'The Stop Online Piracy Act'

Yes so where is the bill that lets them shut down the entire shopping mall because one guy decides to sell burned CDs out back? 

This gives plenty of ways to just destroy online businesses in general.  I mean find one person out of thousands selling the wrong thing, or posting the wrong thing, and there goes the site.  You know larger companies would hire someone just to scan competitors sites for things like that.


Re: U.S. Congress Introduces 'The Stop Online Piracy Act'

They already have that power. It is called civil forfeiture and it is abused regularly. Just ask this motel owner:

http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_19181168

The government is attempting to seize his motel because some people decided to hold a drug deal there. He was not a party to it, but because it happened there, he is on the hook.

The government is not above taking the property of people who do no crime.

Re: U.S. Congress Introduces 'The Stop Online Piracy Act'

I could see someone taking these transcripts to a judge when the law is challenged by pointing to block of non-commercial sites and saying 'see, lawmakers intended this to be used against people SELLING counterfit goods, so use on free sites is not intended!'

Grr... the spell check in this box is rapidly making it annoying to post on GP....

Re: U.S. Congress Introduces 'The Stop Online Piracy Act'

Do you feel that your speech is discriminated against by the little red lines? lol

-Austin from Oregon

Feel free to check out my blog.

Re: U.S. Congress Introduces 'The Stop Online Piracy Act'

so basically they'd need to shut down the entire web, especially art, social, and news sites that repeatedly post and repost copyrighted materials..

this would also make amazon and ebay illegal wouldn't it?

Re: U.S. Congress Introduces 'The Stop Online Piracy Act'

...allows law enforcement agencies in the U.S. unilaterally shut down access to website here and abroad, without due process.

Not that they have not been doing this already, of course, what with arbitrarily shutting down websites with .com, .net, and .org domains - regardless of whether or not they infringed or were deemed legal in their host countries such as España. We'll also ignore the broad-reach that it employs. No, sir, I cannot support this bill. Strike it down hard.

----
Papa Midnight

Re: U.S. Congress Introduces 'The Stop Online Piracy Act'

Good thing we've got Ron Wyden in our corner.  Come on Ron, block this one too!

Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
PHX CorpFinally: The Smaller New Nintendo 3DS Model is Coming to North America http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2015/08/the_smaller_new_nintendo_3ds_model_is_coming_to_north_america08/31/2015 - 5:47pm
InfophileRetailer exclusives are the worst preorders, especially when there's more than one. It's just trying to take advantage of the hardcore fans who want all the bonuses.08/31/2015 - 5:00pm
Andrew EisenNeat idea for a comic: single parent trying to raise a kid with superpowers. http://www.dennis-liu.com/08/31/2015 - 4:35pm
Goth_SkunkFound a fascinating youtube series from The Oxford Union: Right To Free Speech And Right To Offend. http://ow.ly/RBGLH08/31/2015 - 4:31pm
Goth_SkunkBig Perm sure likes people's hair. Sadly, I shave my head bald, so I will never be noticed by their fine tastes. D:>08/31/2015 - 4:28pm
Andrew EisenMethinks Super Podcast Action Committee will be talking pre-order shenanigans this weekend!08/31/2015 - 3:59pm
Andrew Eisenhttp://www.capcom-unity.com/gregaman/blog/2015/08/31/sfv-pre-order-costumes-and-collectors-edition-for-north-america08/31/2015 - 3:52pm
Andrew EisenMore pre-order crap but pretty neat alt-costumes for Street Fighter 5. Love it when they take the time to model new outfits and hairstyles as opposed to going the easy route with a palette swap. Pick your favorite because each is retailer exclusive...08/31/2015 - 3:52pm
WymorenceI wish I could say I'm surprised by Squenix's actions here, but I recall one of the last Tomb Raiders doing the same thing...08/31/2015 - 3:49pm
PHX Corphttp://www.polygon.com/2015/8/31/9232741/deux-ex-mankind-divided-preorder-stunt Deux Ex: Mankind Divided is the latest AAA game to hold its biggest fans in contempt08/31/2015 - 2:49pm
Big PermHer hair does look pretty good tho08/31/2015 - 2:34pm
Brad GlasgowIt's the same argument as all her videos. She argues that the tropes reinforce bad behavior. She has no evidence to support that.08/31/2015 - 2:27pm
InfophilePredictions: 1) People will be mad and criticize her without even watching the video. 2) People will be upset that she criticizes things they like without thinking about whether the criticism has merit08/31/2015 - 1:29pm
E. Zachary KnightYay! New Tropes Vs Women in Games video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QC6oxBLXtkU08/31/2015 - 11:33am
E. Zachary KnightPHX, I love the comic. Also, I love the story of shear paranoia on the part of the MPAA.08/31/2015 - 9:41am
PHX Corphttps://torrentfreak.com/mpaa-demands-extraordinary-measures-to-prevent-piracy-150830/ MPAA Demands Extraordinary Measures To Prevent Piracy08/31/2015 - 7:52am
PHX Corphttp://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=176931667&postcount=12 although it's a little late, a comic strip on neogaf about the "release it now, patch it later" culture08/30/2015 - 7:37am
Papa MidnightBack to when, RedMade? A week ago? (seriously, though...)08/30/2015 - 1:55am
RedMageOh hey, a news station is trying to scapegoat gaming. That takes me back. https://twitter.com/GamingAnarchist/status/63754361236507443208/29/2015 - 1:40pm
Big PermA link to TB twitter with Matt Lees in the replies - https://twitter.com/Totalbiscuit/status/52528604482949939208/29/2015 - 12:16pm

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician