Congress: Tracking Who Supports SOPA, PIPA

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Voter awareness on who supports the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act is on the rise, and ProPublica is helping make it easy to see where politicians stand on the proposed legislation. SOPA and PIPA have been presented as bills designed to protect intellectual property online, although opponents say both would instead lead to Internet censorship.

ProPublica lists which politicians support or oppose the bills, and can sort by state, age, years served, how much money politicians have accepted from media companies, and more.

The Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, is a House of Representatives bill that would make it surprisingly easy to get court orders to shut down any website suspected of participating — directly or indirectly — in copyright infringement without requiring due process.

ProPublica is tracking which legislators support SOPA and PIPAProPublica is tracking which legislators support SOPA and PIPA

Internet service providers and online search engines would face new requirements to block access to sites that host or link to other sites suspected of copyright infringement, and unauthorized streaming of copyright-protected content would be a felony offense.

PIPA, or the Protect IP Act, is a similar bill working its way through the U.S. Senate.

As a sign of protest, many websites throughout the U.S. are participating in a one-day public protest against the SOPA and PIPA on Wednesday by blacking out their home pages and posting information to help site visitors let their Senators and Congressmen know they don’t support the bills. Sites such as Wikipedia, Reddit and Google are participating in the protest with special messages and links to information about opposing the proposed legislation.

The SOPA bill was temporarily put on hold after President Barak Obama said he wouldn’t support the legislation because it threatened freedom of speech as well as Internet security. The bill isn’t, however, staying on the back burner for long since it’s already scheduled for new language markup and debate in February.

PIPA is scheduled for a Senate vote on January 24.

Sites like American Censorship are offering information about the proposed legislation along with ways to connect with your Senators and Representatives to let them know what you think of the bills.

Comments

Lee Dronick

The list at ProPublica lets you click on a Senator or Representative that will lead you to their official website. There you can contact them and let them know your feelings on the bills

Slightly off topic. The webpage has a nice feature where you can view supporters and opponents by political affiliation, Chamber, and other factors. I wonder if that is HTML 5 technology. Check it out.

paikinho

Emailed all my friends and family with this link.

Went to my Senator and Reps sites and expressed my displeasure with Sopa and Pipa.

We need a site like this for most big legislation coming out of Washington as well as the state capitals. Very nicely done.

amergin

Money gets politicians elected - I can’t imagine that money will not be the deciding factor in this debate.

paikinho

Large amounts of displeased citizens are hard to ignore even with money involved. Hard to get elected without votes.

paikinho

Also…. there are other monied interests who are against SOPA. It is not entirely one sided.

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