Saturday, December 31, 2011

Stop Online Piracy Act Faces Uncertain Future

Opponents of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) are gaining momentum, reports
Not long ago the controversial law known as the Stop Online Piracy Act was poised to sail through Congress. But it lost traction at a Congressional earlier hearing this month and this week it suffered an additional two setbacks.

The bill called SOPA is backed by Hollywood and would force a wide range of internet players—from search engines to ad networks to payment processors—to cut off services to so-called ‘rogue websites’ that sell fake goods. Journalists and tech companies responded by warning that the bill is a gross overreach and that it will result in censorship and technical damage to the internet.
See also How SOPA Would Affect You: FAQ, Declan McCullagh, CNet, December 21, 2011

Cross-posted at California Business Law Blog.