Should Congress Pass Anti-Online Piracy Legislation?
Two congressional bills, the House's Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate's Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (known as PROTECT IP), seek to address the problem of piracy and copyright infringement on the Internet. SOPA would allow copyright holders to take legal action against websites accused of enabling piracy. These actions range from forcing advertisers to withdraw their ads on an accused site to blocking the websites from Internet search engines. PROTECT IP proposes similar measures. While proponents assert such legislation will protect jobs, opponents assert that the bills condone censorship. Here is the Debate Club's take on whether Congress should pass anti-online piracy legislation.