The entertainment industry is concerned about illegal online piracy, and they've got the ear of Congress. The result is the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and The Protect IP Act in the Senate. Everyone agrees that stealing is wrong, but critics allege that Internet censorship and freedom of information are at stake if SOPA is enacted as written. Who's right?
The Stop Online Piracy Debate
Fred von Lohmann, senior copyright counsel for Google
Rick Cotton, executive vice president and general counsel of NBC Universal and chairman of the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (CACP)
Ellen Seidler, Bay Area filmmaker
Darrell Issa, U.S. congressman (R) representing California's 49th District and an original co-sponsor of the Online Protection & Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (the OPEN Act), introduced as an alternative to SOPA