What Does PROTECT IP Act of 2011 (PIPA) Mean?The PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) of 2011 is a bill designed to curb copyright infringement and counterfeiting. Introduced in May 2011, the bill was put on hold in January 2012. This legislation is supported by Hollywood and the music industry but came under fire from digital rights organizations that believe the bill could pave the way for the U.S. government to shut down infringing websites without due process.
The full name of the bill is the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011. The PROTECT IP Act of 2011 is also known as S. 968.