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

James Losey losey at newamerica.net
Tue Nov 8 10:47:03 PST 2011

Hi Jamie,

Thanks for sending. SOPA, as well as provisions in the Protect IP Act, is
very troubling. Beyond creating a new bureaucracy, SOPA creates a private
right of action that undermines safe harbor in DCMA, which can pressure
websites to monitor users and self-censure.

I've been working on a letter addressing a number of concerns, please send
me an email if you would like to be involved.


On Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 12:55 PM, Jamie Love <james.love at keionline.org>wrote:

> 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
> ensure—
>   [snip]
> http://keionline.org/node/1312
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