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We previously wrote about the broad protests over two bills in Congress targeting online copyright infringement – the House’s Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). We were pleased that the protests and other activities were effective in ending efforts to pass those versions of the legislation. The protests were led by Internet businesses that argued that the bills would lead to censorship of the Internet and to the cutting off of useful, legal online content. Under these bills, websites such as Facebook and YouTube could have been found liable if they hosted infringing content .
The Recording Industry Association of America found itself in an unusual position this week: opposing an anti-piracy bill that's gaining momentum in Congress. "The OPEN Act does nothing" to stop online infringement and "may even make the problem worse," the industry group says in a statement it is circulating on Capitol Hill this week. "It does not establish a workable framework, standards, or remedies. It is not supported by those it purports to protect."
Last week, we couldn't go anywhere online without running into reminders that . The bills' respective sponsors saw the proposed legislation as means to prevent piracy online, but opponents felt it went to far and would have amounted to Internet censorship. If SOPA and PIPA were enacted, the open Internet would be a thing of the past. To make certain its voice was heard, the anti-SOPA/PIPA lobby went so far as to organize an .
SOPA and PIPA may have been put on hold -- thanks to possibly the most contentious uproar seen on Capitol Hill and in the tech world ever -- but other legislation was introduced this week to combat online piracy. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California) introduced H.R. 3782 , the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, the same day as an Internet protest when a number of high-profile websites such as Wikipedia went dark . Issa says the new bill delivers stronger intellectual property rights for American artists and innovators while protecting the openness of the Internet. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) has introduced the OPEN Act in the U.S.
The Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act ( OPEN Act ) is a bill introduced in the United States Congress proposed as an alternative to the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act , by Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon , a Democrat , and Representative Darrell Issa of California , a Republican . [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ] [ 4 ] [ 5 ] The text of the bill is available for public comment at keepthewebopen.com . [ 6 ] Wyden first introduced OPEN in the Senate ( S. 2029 ) on December 17, 2011 with co-sponsors Jerry Moran of Kansas and Maria Cantwell of Washington . Issa and 25 co-sponsors introduced OPEN in the House ( H.R. 3782 ) on January 18, 2012. The Senate bill has been referred to the Finance Committee , and the House bill has been referred to the Judiciary Committee . [ 7 ] [ 8 ] [ 9 ]