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What is SOPA and PIPA?

New Delhi, 19 January 2012: SOPA ( Stop Online Piracy Act )  and PIPA  PROTECT IP Act (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 forwarded by the United States has raised oppostion from the internet community, both the users and the corporates.

SOPA ( Stop Online Piracy Act )  also known as House Bill 3261 or H.R. 3261 is a bill introduced in the US House of Representatives during October 2011. The bill proposes the US law enforcement and copyright holders to fight online trafficing in copyrighted and intellectual property and counterfeit goods.

PIPA  PROTECT IP Act (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 or Senate Bill 968 or S. 968 is a corresponding senate bill in the US which is proposed to give the government and copyright holders tools to curb access to websites dedicated to infringing or counterfeit goods outside the United States.



Both the bills has received opposition from the global internet community. Wikipedia yesterday protested against the bill with a 12 hour complete shut down. Other internet giants, Google, Facebook, Reddit etc are against the bill.

Companies which support the bill include  Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America, Macmillan US, Viacom, Nike, L'Oreal,  Ford Motor Company, Revlon, NBA, Macmillan US etc.


The US senate has scheduled a vote on the legislation for January 24, 2012.

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