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H.R. 3261: Stop Online Piracy Act
Proposed legislation regarding copyrights

 12:23 pm on Nov 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

H.R. 3261: Stop Online Piracy Act

112th Congress: 2011-2012

To promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21]

Status: This bill is in the first step in the legislative process. Explanation: Introduced bills and resolutions first go to committees that deliberate, investigate, and revise them before they go to general debate. The majority of bills and resolutions never make it out of committee. [Last Updated: Nov 4, 2011 6:21AM]


Provided as information only regarding proposed legislation in the USA which might have dramatic effect on websites. The text of the bill available as a link from the site above.

Political comment is not desired, but commentary regarding your efforts to maintain good copyright control on site is welcome. IE, knowing when to invoke FAIR USE, maintaining ORIGINAL CONTENT, etc.



 12:29 pm on Nov 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

Among the provisions in the bill is action whereby the SITE is taken down (not the offending page) for use of any copyrighted text, image, film or audio.


 7:28 pm on Nov 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

Here is a good article that I read on the subject ... [technorati.com...]

I'm interested how webmasters feel about this bill. We already know the web giants are against it, probably because it would create an accounting nightmare.

However, as a webmaster, I kind of like the fact that my content is going to be protected from scrapers. But, what if one of my websites has an obscure image from ten years ago that I cannot find a license for ... will my website be shut down? If so, what will the re-inclusion process be?


 8:35 pm on Nov 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

With an auto-generating email complaints script, a few dozen people could have half of the web taken down by the end of the day.

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