Wyden Vows to Filibuster Piracy Bill
Senator Ron Wyden (D-Or) says he will stand on the floor as long as it takes to block the passage of the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA. Senator Wyden says he will read the names of each individual that opposes the bill.
SOPA is the Senate counterpart to the Protect Intellectual Property Act, or PIPA. Both bills are aimed at creating a new infrastructure, tools, and incentives to protect copyright holders from illegal sharing of their content. The current system of copyright protection requires the copyright holder to submit a "notice and takedown" to the accused violator and offers the Internet Service Provider protection from liability if they cooperate with the notice and takedown process. This process was defined in the 1998 bill the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA.
The current proposals would require Internet Service Providers, advertising agencies, payment support companies (like paypal), and search providers to block a site that has been accused of copyright infringement, what is currently known as a denial of service attack. The infringing site would not show up in search results, would not be advertised or receive ad revenue, would not be able to receive payments and would not be accessible by either domain name (www.something.com) or IP address.
The bill is currently supported by 40 Senators on both sides of the aisle, so it is very likely to be considered and has a strong chance of passing. A vote on the bill has not been scheduled, but Wyden has told organizers to be ready for a vote by next week.