H.R. 3261, The Stop Online Piracy Act

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H.R. 3261 would promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property.

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(logged-in user) November 21, 2011, 10:17pm (report abuse)

So where are all the Cato people commenting on this blatant violation of the first amendment?


November 21, 2011, 10:49pm (report abuse)

Good question.

Reading the bill does not sound like what it says at the top of this page by any means!


November 21, 2011, 11:01pm (report abuse)

Perhaps Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, can post a blog article here as to what the true meanings of this bill are concerning civil liberties as described by the Cato institute?


November 21, 2011, 11:03pm (report abuse)

Jim Harper is the webmaster of this web-site.


(logged-in user) November 22, 2011, 1:22pm (report abuse)


well, looky, looky who is in here ;)


(logged-in user) December 18, 2011, 8:17pm (report abuse)

Wrapping Up a Week Of Action Against SOPA

Yesterday and today, the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has hunkered down in the Capitol for markup sessions of SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act. The basic facts looked bleak: this Internet blacklist bill is a disaster that stands at odds with the Constitution, but the deep pockets of its legacy media backers managed to make it enough friends in committee that its quick passage seemed possible. Judiciary Committee Chairman, author of the bill, and “Hollywood’s Favorite Republican” Lamar Smith scheduled just a single hearing, stacked the deck in his bill’s favor, and rushed it through to markup now, at the end of the legislative session.

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(logged-in user) January 17, 2012, 11:33am (report abuse)

The major news outlets have been very spare with their reporting on this issue—while their parent companies lobby for SOPA and PIPA.



January 18, 2012, 11:55am (report abuse)

REALLY - we already have a court system in place to handle copyright violations, this legislation would just make it easier and less costly for companies to protect their products without inventing their own methods for doing so. Our government should STAY OUT of this problem and leave it in the courts as it always has been so that each SUSPECTED violation is addressed individually. To do otherwise is to ask for extreme abuse and an even high incidence of censorship! LEAVE WHAT FEW TRUE FREEDOMS AND RIGHTS WE HAVE LEFT, ALONE!


(logged-in user) January 20, 2012, 9:29pm (report abuse)

How People And Social Media Changed Lawmakers' Minds



(logged-in user) January 21, 2012, 9:47pm (report abuse)

Following a day of unprecedented online protest, the web censorship bills in Congress, SOPA and PIPA, have officially been tabled. “In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the PROTECT I.P. Act (PIPA)," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced this morning.


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