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EDUCAUSE Letter on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) (November 21, 2011)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Abstract

EDUCAUSE letter sent to Chairman Lamar Smith and Ranking Member John Conyers offering a perspective from higher education on the Stop Online Piracy Act, H.R. 3261 (SOPA). The letter states that, although the goal of SOPA to respond to copyright infringement is appropriate, the proposed bill introduces "sweeping new risks for and imposes new responsibilities on mainstream websites that offer legitimate online services, including those hosted by colleges and universities," as well as includes "a narrow but controversial Domain Name System (DNS) provision." Four areas of the SOPA are identified as being particularly problematic; the letter also references the separate document, Higher Education Concerns About the Stop Online Piracy Act ("SOPA"), with Initial Suggestions for Addressing Them, that expands upon these concerns and provides proposed changes that would reduce or eliminate these problems.

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