The Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R.3291) or (SOPA) introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is currently under the consideration of the House’s Committee on the Judiciary.This is important because SOPA proposes controversial legislature critical towards thefunctioning future of the Internet. This paper does not address the Protect IP Act (PIPA),nor SOPA’s manager’s amendment rework. This paper will explain my analysis ofSOPA and why congress should not pass the bill in 4 parts.
, I will provide a briefhistory and the current standing of intellectual property law applied to the Internet andhow SOPA works.
, I will provide the arguments provided by the sponsors ofSOPA and why they believe it should be passed.
, I will provide arguments onbehalf of the opponents of SOPA and describes arguments made exposing the bill asunconstitutional.
, I will conclude by explaining why SOPA should not be passed.
There are several acts passed that currently give copyright holders a method ofprotecting their intellectual property. The 1998 Digital Millennium Copy Right Act(DMCA) has set the standard around the world in Internet law and has set thefoundation of legal framework regarding digital content. Currently DMCA grants Internetcompanies immunity from third parties and user-posted content, so long as a theInternet company responds to owners of copyright notice of infringement. This systemserves as a balance, the DMCA protects the end users, and does not hold InternetAmir ZonoziCCT 709, Fall 2011Prof. SchruersFinal Paper
Analysis of “The Stop Online Piracy” Act (SOPA)