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January 19, 2012: USACM Outlines Technical Issues with Internet Piracy Legislation

Today's Topic: USACM Outlines Technical Issues with Internet Piracy Legislation

Thursday, January 19, 2012

ACM's Public Policy Council, USACM, examined the facts surrounding two high-profile legislative bills concerning online piracy. In letters sent January 17 to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, USACM concluded that the bills' approach would ultimately prove ineffective in addressing the legislation's goals, which are already easily bypassed. It also pointed to cost burdens on innocent third parties, and interference with progress in reducing online fraud and espionage. USACM also stated that it supports reasonable efforts to address criminal violations of intellectual property rights.

The House bill is known as SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act. The Senate bill is PIPA, the PROTECT IP Act (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011).

As is customary in these cases, USACM comments specifically on the technological aspects of these bills in their analysis of the impact of both SOPA and PIPA.

Read the USACM blog post.