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Stop Piracy Act Blackout

Posted on January 17, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Wikipedia to go dark in protest of Stop Piracy Act:

House bill 3261 is an attempt to strengthen enforcement of existing copyright laws.  If passed, it would allow the Dept. of Justice and any legitimate copyright holders to seek equitable relief against any website accused of facilitating copyright infringement. 

While many argue that the legislation is aimed at protecting valuable IP rights, there are questions as to whether the law would violate the First Amendment.  Others are concerned that providers, fearing repercussions, may censor or water down content that is currently available.

Categories: COPYRIGHT ARTICLES, DOMAIN NAME & INTERNET ISSUES, CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES

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