Legislative Initiatives (including PIPA & SOPA)

Wikipedia Definition & Overview – SOPA
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is a United States bill introduced by U.S. Representative Lamar S. Smith (R-TX) to expand the ability of U.S. law enforcement to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods.

Wikipedia Definition & Overview – PIPA
The PROTECT IP Act (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act, or PIPA) is a proposed law with the stated goal of giving the US government and copyright holders additional tools to curb access to “rogue websites dedicated to the sale of infringing or counterfeit goods”, especially those registered outside the U.S.


All About PIPA and SOPA, the Bills That Want to Censor Your Internet
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) are two bills that sound like they have a mildly positive aim but, in reality, have serious potential to negatively change the internet as we know it.

DTV Transition Site
The official Department of Commerce DTV switch site.

How SOPA would affect you: FAQ
CNET takes an in-depth look at the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, backed by Hollywood and opposed by the largest Web companies and civil liberties groups.

Illinois Facebook Law Makes It Illegal For Employers To Ask For Logins
Seeking to guard the privacy rights of the social networking generation, Illinois is making it illegal for employers to ask job applicants for passwords to their online profiles.

National Conference of State Legislatures
This page addresses the various technology related topics.

SOPA and PIPA – Just the Facts
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) have been making headlines, but what are they, exactly? Here are the facts.

SOPA and PIPA video cheat sheet
Catch up on the issues of these controversial bills by watching these videos.

SOPA, PIPA: What You Need to Know

SOPA explained: What it is and why it matters
The tech industry is abuzz about SOPA and PIPA, a pair of anti-piracy bills. Here’s why they’re controversial, and how they would change the digital landscape if they became law.

SOPA Infographic
Infographic on dynamic elements of SOPA.

TED Video – Clay Shirky: Why SOPA is a bad idea
What does a bill like PIPA/SOPA mean to our shareable world? At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a proper manifesto — a call to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share, rather than passively consume.

Timeline of SOPA and PIPA Actions and Statements
This page lists the statements and actions we have on record by members of Congress on PIPA and SOPA.

US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
The Official website for the Senate Committee for Commerce, Science and Transportation.