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Sopa, Pipa Stalled: Meet the Open Act

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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) recently introduced the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade (OPEN) Act, which he says provides stronger intellectual property (IP) rights for U.S. artists and innovators while protecting the openness of the Internet.

The OPEN Act would give oversight to the International Trade Commission (ITC), focusing on foreign-based Web sites. "If the ITC investigation finds that a foreign registered Web site is ‘primarily’ and ‘willfully’ infringing on the IP rights of a U.S. rights holder, the commission would issue a cease and desist order that would compel payment processors (like Visa and PayPal) and online advertising providers to cease doing business with the foreign site in question," according to Issa's Web site.

Technology companies such as Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter have voiced their support for the OPEN Act, in contrast to their opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protection Intellectual Property Act, which were recently put on hold after a vast online protest.

However, the Motion Picture Association of America says the bill goes too easy on Internet piracy. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has introduced the OPEN Act in the U.S. Senate.

From PC World 
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