Internet Censorship Legislation Pending

SOPA & PIPA  explained http://www.khanacademy.org/video/sopa-and-pipa?playlist=American%20Civics

SOPA (the “Stop Online Piracy Act”) and PIPA (the “Protect Intellectual Property Act” ) are bills in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, respectively. These bills are presented as efforts to stop copyright infringement committed by foreign web sites, but in our opinion, they do so in a way that would disrupt free expression and harm the Internet. ….

Senate sponsor Patrick Leahy still plans for a PIPA vote on January 24.

SOPA and PIPA are symptoms of a larger issue. They are misguided solutions to a misunderstood problem. In the U.S. and abroad, legislators and big media are embracing censorship and sacrificing civil liberties in their attacks on free knowledge and an open Internet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:SOPA_initiative/Learn_more

http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h3261/show

H.R.3261 – Stop Online Piracy Act.    

Sponsors:   http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:HR03261:@@@P

S.968: “Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011” . 

Sponsors:     http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:SN00968:@@@P

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