House Members Voice Piracy-Bill Support

Published on November 16, 2011
by Amy Schatz

Many lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee expressed support Wednesday for new legislation aimed at cutting off funding to foreign websites offering pirated movies or counterfeit goods, despite opposition from Silicon Valley companies.

At a hearing, the committee debated the Stop Online Piracy Act, which would give the U.S. attorney general new authority to shut down U.S. financial support to “rogue” foreign websites that sell pirated movies, music or other counterfeit goods. The Justice Department could ask for a court order to compel U.S. search engines and other sites to block domain names or search results.

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