PIPA( Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property) a proposed American law, known as the Protect IP Act was introduced May 12, 2011. The PIPA Act withheld a stated goal, “of giving the US government and copyright holders additional tools to curb access to rogue websites dedicated to the sale of infringing or counterfeit goods, especially those registered outside the U.S”. The Senate’s committee passed the bill but Ron Wyden, the Senator, placed a hold on it. The PIPA Act is an actual rewrite of COICA (Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act), which didn’t pass in 2010. With PIPA as a threat to the internet entrepreneurs and the computer user community it lead to protests on January 18, 2012. Aaron Swartz actually spoke at one of the rallies to protest against this act. From the the amount of protesting people did Senate Leader, Harry Reid, postponed the vote on the bill. He wanted all the issues about the bill be fixed and resolved before voting and legalizing it. Even though the passing of this bill had a lot of protesters, there were people who wanted to see this bill passed and supported it. The PIPA ACT was supported by copyright and trademark owners in business, industry, and labor groups. The US Chambers of Commerce also supported the passing of this bill. The supporters of this bill felt as though that the people who were against it just didn’t fully understand what the bill represents and they look to deep into it.

-Sarah Kelley

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