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The Stop Online Piracy Act: Summary, Problems and Implications

This document summarizes and analyzes Title I of H.R. 3261, the “Stop Online Piracy Act,” which would create new causes of action against a wide range of Internet sites for facilitating copyright or trademark infringement. Title I is the House companion to the Senateʼs PROTECT IP Act and shares that billʼs significant problems; in addition, SOPA sweeps much more broadly and would chill online innovation and expression by creating major new litigation risks for service providers currently protected by the DMCA safe harbor.