Online piracy bill under scrutiny

Online piracy bill under scrutiny

Critics: Bono Mack plan a threat to free speech

December 3 – Courier Post Online
By Paul C. Barton, Desert Sun Washington Bureau

Washington — A bill co-sponsored by Rep. Mary Bono Mack to impose stricter copyright protection on the Internet has become one of the most controversial of the 112th Congress, dividing major American corporations and free speech advocates.

The Stop Online Piracy Act would enable owners of copyrighted content and the Justice Department to take action against “rogue” websites in other countries that facilitate the unauthorized distribution of material, especially movies and music, produced in the United States.

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