SOPA/PIPA Resource Guide
You may have noticed a few acronyms floating around lately, maybe quite a few mentioning SOPA, PIPA, and even OPEN. These three bills, recently under discussion in the U.S. House and the Senate respectively, are the Stop Online Piracy Act, Protect Intellectual Property Act, and the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act. Quite a few websites took January 18 to “black out” and protest the bills, including craigslist and Wikipedia. Librarians Shana Gass, Sara Nixon, and Laksamee Putnam have compiled these resources in the hope that you will take a moment to explore the legislation and a few of these related opinion pieces to see what all the ruckus is about.
SOPA, PIPA, & OPEN 101
Timeline from Yahoo News
SOPA & PIPA: Just the Facts (PC World)
OPEN vs. SOPA vs. Protect IP (from co-sponsor Congressman Darrell Issa)
Quick Reference Guide to SOPA, PIPA and OPEN (ACRL, unit of American Library Association)
[Note: The ALA opposes SOPA and PIPA]
How SOPA Would Affect You (CNET)
Copyrights and Internet Piracy (SOPA and PIPA Legislation (New York Times)
Straight to the Source: U.S. Congress
For current bill information including summary, cosponsors, Congressional actions, and text of bills, search THOMAS for SOPA, PIPA, or “OPEN Act” (in quotes).
OpenCongress also provides bill summaries and updates.
Who Supports and Opposes the Bills?
List of SOPA Supporters (Wikipedia)
List of Those Expressing Concern with SOPA & PIPA (Center for Democracy and Technology)
Opinions from Other Groups
Global Intellectual Property Center (an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
PC Magazine asks a range of staffers Where Do You Stand on SOPA?
ALA Applauds Internet Blackout in Opposition to PIPA & SOPA (American Library Association)
Rogue Websites from the Motion Picture Association of America
Let’s Talk about SOPA (author John P. Murphy)
Stop SOPA (Syracuse University School of Information Studies)
Why We’ve Censored Wired (from the technology magazine)
SOPA…Why It’s Bad for the Web (Search Engine Watch)
What SOPA Means for Business and Innovation (Infographic compiled from information from Techdirt.com, AmericanCensorship.org, Arstechnica.com, Fightonlinetheft.com and PCWorld.com)
10 Things You Need to Know about SOPA & PIPA (Washington Post’s VentureBeat blog)
Analyses of the Piracy Issue
A Legal Analysis of S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act, July 7, 2011 (from Congressional Research Service)
Media Piracy in Emerging Economies from the Social Science Research Council
What You Can Do
After you’ve decided where you stand, below are some sites that will help you take action. Since many of Maryland’s elected officials have not yet gone public with their views, you have a chance to make a difference!
Whether you support or oppose the bills, OpenCongress provides ways to get in touch with your legislators.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation offers a host of suggestions for making your opposition known.
Sign up to make phone calls to members of Congress through Fight for the Future organization’s SOPA Strike page.
Avaaz’s page to “Save the Internet” provides ways to protest via Tweet, Facebook, and online petition.