Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)
Definition - What does Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) mean?
Geared toward preempting U.S. property theft by promoting creativity and innovation, SOPA was introduced to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in October 2011. SOPA expanded the PROTECT IP Act of 2011 (PIPA), a similar Senate bill, by giving copyright holders and U.S. law enforcement the right to battle infringed - or allegedly infringed - intellectual property (IP) and counterfeit products.
SOPA is also known as the Enforcing and Protecting American Rights Against Sites Intent on Theft and Exploitation Act (E-PARASITE Act).
Techopedia explains Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)
SOPA supporters included many companies in the entertainment industry, cable and satellite TV, etc. Opponents included many of the top Web properties, Internet service providers (ISP) and most in the Web development industry.
- PROTECT IP Act of 2011 (PIPA)
- Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (CISPA)
- Intellectual Property Attache Act (IP Attache Act) (IPPA)
- Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN Act)
- Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
- Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA)
- America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010
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