On October 26, 2011, a new piece of legislation, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), had been introduced to the United States House of Representatives and is intended to help law enforcement agencies and copyright holders combat intellectual property theft on the Internet. However, the bill contains a few technicalities that will affect both the constitution and American culture. Because SOPA will violate the constitution and negatively impact American culture, the bill should not be passed.
Essentially the purpose of SOPA is to reduce intellectual property theft over the Internet, which is also known as online piracy. In addition, another bill has also been introduced in the senate, Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 (PROTECT IP act), and is also intended for the same purpose as SOPA. In particularly, SOPA would target foreign U.S. directed sites, or an internet site that is used to “provide goods or services to users located in the United States” that commit copyright infringement (H.R. 3261, 8-9). In addition, SOPA would give the Department of Justice (DOJ) the authority to seek out court orders “constituting specified intellectual property offe...
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