November 1, 2011
Three leading technology industry groups urged members of the US Congress on Monday to oppose a copyright protection bill being proposed in the House of Representatives.
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would give US authorities more tools to crack down on websites accused of piracy of movies, television shows and music and the sale of counterfeit goods.
The legislation has received the backing of Hollywood and the music industry but has come under fire from digital rights and free speech groups.
“While we support this concept, (the bill) puts lawful US Internet and technology companies at risk,” the letter said.