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    This page contains bill sponsorships in the Senate and House. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

11-H3261 on Oct 26, 2011

Bill Sponsorship: SOPA: Stop Online Piracy Act
Source: HR3261/S968
Congressional Summary:Stop Online Piracy Act or SOPA (in the Senate, Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act or the PROTECT IP Act, or PIPA) :
  • Authorizes the Attorney General to seek a court order against an Internet site facilitating online piracy to require the operator to cease and desist further activities constituting copyright infringement, unauthorized trafficking of sound recordings or videos of live musical performances, or trafficking in counterfeit labels.
  • Allows an intellectual property right holder harmed by a US-directed website used for infringement, to first provide a written notification identifying the site to related payment network providers and Internet advertising services requiring such entities to suspend their services.
  • Requires online service providers, Internet search engines, payment network providers, and Internet advertising services, upon receiving a court order relating to an AG action, to carry out preventative measures including withholding services from an infringing website or preventing users located in the US from accessing the infringing website.

OnTheIssues Notes: SOPA and PIPA, proponents claim, would better protect electronic copyright ("IP", or Intellectual Property). Opponents argue that SOPA and PIPA would censor the Internet. Internet users and entrepreneurs oppose the two bills; google.com and wikipedia.com held a "blackout" on Jan. 18, 2012 in protest. An alternative bill, the OPEN Act was proposed on Jan. 18 to protect intellectual property without censorship; internet businesses prefer the OPEN Act while the music and movie industries prefer SOPA and PIPA.

Also see the related Senate bill S968.


  • Topic: Technology
  • Headline: Sponsored requiring websites to police for copyrighted materials
  • Headline 2: Require websites to police for copyrighted materials
  • Headline 3: Withdrew support for policing websites for copyright

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 11-H3261

Joe Baca s2oCalifornia Democratic Challenger 
John Barrow s2oGeorgia Democrat 
Karen Bass s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Howard Berman s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Judy Chu s2oCalifornia Democrat 
John Conyers s2oMichigan Democrat 
Jim Cooper s2oTennessee Democrat 
Ted Deutch s2oFlorida Democrat 
Tim Holden s3sPennsylvania Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
John Larson s2oConnecticut Democrat 
Ben Ray Lujan s3sNew Mexico Democrat 
Bill Owens s2oNew York Democrat 
Adam Schiff s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Brad Sherman s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Debbie Wasserman Schultz s2oFlorida Democrat 
Mel Watt s2oNorth Carolina Democrat 



Republicans participating in 11-H3261

Mark Amodei s2oNevada Republican 
Marsha Blackburn s2oTennessee Republican 
Mary Bono s2oCalifornia Republican 
John Carter s3sTexas Republican 
Steve Chabot s2oOhio Republican 
Elton Gallegly s2oCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Bob Goodlatte s2oVirginia Republican 
Tim Griffin s3sArkansas Republican 
Peter King s2oNew York Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life 
Tom Marino s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Alan Nunnelee s2oMississippi Republican 
Ben Quayle s3sArizona Republican (lost 2012 primary) 
Dennis Ross s3sFlorida Republican 
Steve Scalise s3sLA Republican challenger 
Lamar Smith s1pTexas Republican 
Lee Terry s3sNebraska Republican 



Independents participating in 11-H3261



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 16
Republicans: 16
Independents: 0


















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