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Old 12-17-2011, 05:08 PM
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A controversial measure aimed at stopping online privacy that critics contend would kill the Internet as we know it hit a minor snag on Friday, when a key backer delayed a vote on the measure until next week.
Republican Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, decided against holding a committee vote that had been expected on Friday. The panel later scheduled a vote for Wednesday, December 21.

The Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, aims to prevent Internet users from stealing content that does not belong to them but a growing chorus of opponents say the legislation is a sledgehammer that would stifle free speech.

SOPA would give the Justice Department the power to shut down so-called "rogue" offshore web sites that sell pirated materials on the Internet, including music, movies and pharmaceuticals. The major Hollywood studios and media organizations, support the legislation. If the bill makes it through the committee, it would still have to pass the full House of Representatives and the Senate before it would go to President Obama's desk.
EDIT: Delayed till New Years.
http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/mark_12152011.html

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Seems like a simple thing. Stop foreign sites from illegally streaming american movies.
But apparently the current form of the bill gives the government unlimited power to do more than that.. even block youtube if content owners request it.

I dont believe torrents or download sites(megaupload) are specifically targeted in this bill.. yet. But it definitely opens the door imo.

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Why Both Sides of the Piracy Issue Applaud SOPA Delay (Analysis)

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There are sites that stream (new) movies? I assume the quality is crap compared to what could be "found" elsewhere.
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There are sites that stream (new) movies? I assume the quality is crap compared to what could be "found" elsewhere.
Yes there are many that stream new films still out in theaters.[/B]
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The Stop Internet Free Speech Act, now those nasty sites that bad mouth Washington and drug companies can be shut down with no questions asked.
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