In November, Congress began hearings for H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA). The proposed legislation is the House alternative to the recently passed Senate Bill S.968, PROTECT-IP Act (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011). Each of these proposals seeks to continue improving enforcement mechanisms against online intellectual property infringement, particularly involving activities that allude traditional jurisdiction.
The proposed legislation has proven quite controversial, with tech industry leaders Google and Microsoft lining up against the legislation while media companies, AFL-CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce strongly support the bills.
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