Congress is currently considering a bill that threatens to alter the Internet fundamentally. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is one of the most misguided Internet-reform efforts to emerge in years. SOPA’s purported intent is to protect American copyrighted material against piracy and counterfeiting. Unfortunately, wide application of the bill’s regulations would strangle the freedom of the Internet. SOPA would require the attorney general’s office to target any website that is:
Primarily designed or operated for the purpose of, has only limited purpose or use other than, or is marketed by its operator or another acting in concert with that operator for use in, offering goods or services in a manner that engages in, enables, or facilitates [theft of U.S. property].
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