Recently, the government attempted to restrict the
trafficking in intellectual property by introducing the Stop Online Piracy Act
(SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Both of these proposals were extremely
controversial as many viewed them as a restriction on first amendment rights.
Select one of these bills and research it thoroughly. Explain the purpose
behind the bill and why it was controversial. Then, explain whether you feel
that it is an illegal restriction on the freedom of speech, or if it is a
necessary law to protect intellectual property rights.
Respond to at least two classmates. Select one classmate who chose to report on
the other bill (in other words, if you chose SOPA, select a classmate that
reported on PIPA). Read their post. Do you agree with their analysis of
their bill? Why or why not?