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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-S968 on May 12, 2011

Bill Sponsorship: PIPA: PROTECT IP Act
Source: HR3261/S968
Congressional Summary:Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act, or the PROTECT IP Act, or PIPA (in the House, Stop Online Piracy Act or SOPA) :
  • 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 House of Representatives bill H3261.


  • 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-S968

Michael Bennet s3sCO Democratic Jr Senator 
Jeff Bingaman s2oNM Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Richard Blumenthal s2oCT Democratic Sr Senator 
Barbara Boxer s2oCA Democratic Jr Senator 
Sherrod Brown s2oOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Benjamin Cardin s2oMaryland Democrat 
Bob Casey s2oPA Democratic Sr Senator; previously state treasurer 
Chris Coons s2oDE Democratic Jr Senator 
Richard Durbin s2oIL Democratic Sr Senator 
Dianne Feinstein s2oCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Al Franken s2oMN Democrat/DFL Jr Senator 
Kirsten Gillibrand s2oNew York Democrat 
Kay Hagan s2oNC Democratic Jr Senator 
Tim Johnson s2oSD Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Amy Klobuchar s2oMN Democrat/DFL Sr Senator 
Herbert Kohl s2oWI Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Mary Landrieu s2oLA Democratic Sr Senator 
Patrick Leahy s1pVT Democratic Sr Senator 
Robert Menendez s2oNew Jersey Democrat 
Bill Nelson s2oFL Democratic Sr Senator 
Charles Schumer s2oNY Democratic Sr Senator 
Jeanne Shaheen s2oNH Democratic Sr Senator 
Tom Udall s2oNew Mexico Democrat (Senate 2008) 
Sheldon Whitehouse s2oRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general 



Republicans participating in 11-S968

Lamar Alexander s2oTN Republican Sr Senator 
Kelly Ayotte s3sNH Republican Jr Senator 
Roy Blunt s3sMissouri Republican (until 2010) 
John Boozman s3sAR Republican Jr Senator 
Saxby Chambliss s3sGA Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Thad Cochran s2oMS Republican Sr Senator 
Bob Corker s2oTN Republican Jr Senator 
Michael Enzi s2oWY Republican Sr Senator 
Lindsey Graham s2oSC Republican Sr Senator 
Chuck Grassley s2oIA Republican Sr Senator 
Orrin Hatch s3sUT Republican Sr Senator 
Johnny Isakson s2oGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
John McCain s2oAZ Republican Sr Senator 
Jerry Moran s3sKansas Republican (until 2010) 
Jim Risch s3sID Former Republican Governor (2006-2007); U.S. Senator 
Marco Rubio s3sFL Republican Jr Senator 
David Vitter s3sLA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 



Independents participating in 11-S968

Joseph Lieberman s2oCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 24
Republicans: 17
Independents: 1


















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