SOPA legislation proposed in United States Legislature
Stop Online Piracy Act - also known as H.R.3261, was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on October 26, 2011 by Representative Lamar Smith [R-TX] and a bipartisan group of 12 initial co-sponsors.
The aim of the bill is to help U.S. law enforcement and copyright holders fight online transmission of restricted intellectual property. Introduced by the House Judiciary Committee as building on similar legislation, the PRO-IP Act of 2008 and the Senate's Protect IP Act of 2011, this bill “modernizes [United States] criminal and civil statutes to meet new IP enforcement challenges and protect American jobs.”
The bill is divided into two Titles with the first focusing on combating "foreign rogue sites", websites outside U.S. jurisdiction that enable or facilitate copyright infringement, and the second focusing on increased penalties to combat intellectual property theft via digital means.
The House Judiciary Committee had scheduled a hearing on SOPA for November 16, 2011.