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Reader opposes SOPA, PIPA

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This may seem like old news, but it really isn’t. SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) are not dead; they are still out there. Even though the protests online succeeded, PIPA still went up for review. This is a sign that the government is going to try and put it through again. Let’s look at what these bills include. SOPA was introduced by U.S. Representative Lamar S. Smith. It was written to expand the ability of U.S. law enforcement to fight online trafficking of copyrighted intellectual property. PIPA, which is a rewrite of COICA or Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, which failed to pass in 2010, will cost the United States $46 million through 2016 along with training 22 new special agents and a 26 member support staff. All this is due to online censorship. These bills didn’t pass due to the online protests. According to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, votes on these bills were postponed until issues were resolved. Now, I don’t know where you stand with these bills, but for now I stand against them until the war against them is over. MAX RULE, student, Auburn