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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.

12-H3782 on Jan 18, 2012

Bill Sponsorship: OPEN Act
Source: H.R.3782
Congressional Summary:The Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (or OPEN Act) addresses unfair trade practices relating to infringement of copyrights and trademarks by certain Internet sites. Defines an 'Internet site dedicated to infringing activity' as a website that:
  1. is accessed through a nondomestic domain name;
  2. conducts business directed to residents of the US; and
  3. whose operator primarily uses the site to willfully infringe a copyright, or uses counterfeit marks.
Exclusions from prosecution::
  1. if the Internet site has a practice of expeditiously removing material that is claimed to be infringing after notification by the owner of the copyright.;
  2. because the Internet site engages in an activity that would not make the operator liable for monetary relief;
  3. because distribution of copies were made without infringing a copyright or trademark.

OnTheIssues Notes:This bill is intended as a replacement for SOPA and PIPA, the two bills which sparked an Internet protest in January 2012 and a shutdown of Wikipedia.com and google.com. Google and Facebook prefer the OPEN Act; the music and movie industries prefer SOPA and PIPA. Independent content creators, which include OnTheIssues.org and the Copyright Alliance, oppose all three bills on free speech grounds, and because large corporate website have resources to fight legal battles while small independent websites do not.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 13. Question 13: Support & expand free trade Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Technology
  • Headline: Sponsored stopping foreign internet piracy of copyrighted materials (Score: -1)
  • Headline 2: Stop foreign internet piracy of copyrighted materials (Score: -2)

  • 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 12-H3782

Peter Defazio s2oOregon Democrat 
Lloyd Doggett s2oTexas Democrat 
Mike Doyle s2oPennsylvania Democrat 
Keith Ellison s2oMinnesota Democrat 
Anna Eshoo s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Raul Grijalva s2oArizona Democrat 
Alcee Hastings s2oFlorida Democrat 
Mike Honda s2oCalifornia Democrat 
James Langevin s2oRhode Island Democrat 
Zoe Lofgren s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Doris Matsui s2oCalifornia Democrat 
George Miller s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Jared Polis s2oColorado Democrat 
Jackie Speier s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Pete Stark s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Mike Thompson s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Lynn Woolsey s2oCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 



Republicans participating in 12-H3782

Spencer Bachus s2oAlabama Republican 
John Campbell s2oCalifornia Republican 
Jason Chaffetz s2oUT Former Republican Challenger (2011) 
Blake Farenthold s2oTexas Republican 
Timothy Johnson s2oIllinois Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Patrick McHenry s2oNorth Carolina Republican 
Dennis Ross s2oFlorida Republican 
James Sensenbrenner s2oWisconsin Republican 



Independents participating in 12-H3782

Darrell Issa s1pCA03 Former Initiator of Gubernatorial Recall (2003) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 17
Republicans: 8
Independents: 1


















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