[A2k] Section 205 of HR 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)

Jamie Love james.love at keionline.org
Mon Nov 7 09:55:40 PST 2011

On October 26, 2011, a bipartisan group of members of the U.S. House of
Representatives introduced HR 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act, known as
SOPA. While much of the bill deals with "online" piracy," some sections of
the bill appear to have nothing to do with the Internet. The bill also
creates a new bureaucracy to deal with very broadly defined trade related
issues intellectual property rights issues, including those identified in
the annual USTR Special 301 report.

The bill defines intellectual property rights as "the rights of holders of
copyrights, patents, trademarks, other forms of intellectual property, and
trade secrets."

Section 205 of the bill is titled: "Defending Intellectual Property Rights
Abroad." The bill requires the Secretaries of State and Commerce, and the
heads of other "appropriate" departments and agencies, "shall ensure that
adequate resources are available . . . in any country that is identified
under section 182(a)(1) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2242(a)(1)) to



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