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PIPA, SOPA and OPEN: Three acronyms that could change the Internet. By John Moe

Publication Date: 
December 12, 2011
Source: 
Marketplace Tech Radio
Author: 
John Moe

Professor Mark Lemley joined the discussion in this Marketplace Tech report where he spoke on what PIPA, SOPA and OPEN may mean for Internet users.

If I start talking about bills before Congress that have to do with copyright enforcement, your eyes might start to glaze over and you might get kind of sleepy. It's cool. I understand. But WAKE UP! Because this is about who gets to control whether a website lives or dies, and whether you or anyone will be able to find it.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is preparing The OPEN Act, a measure designed to fight online piracy and the sale of counterfeit goods by going after those sites for trade violations. It would refer situations of copyright infringement to the International Trade Commission for investigation and action.

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So what does this mean for you? Mark Lemley is a professor at Stanford Law School and director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science, and Technology. He's also a partner at the law firm Durie Tangri. Lemley says, "You ought to be worried because your website or site that you visit might suddenly disappear."