Law Professors Oppose “Stop Online Piracy Act”

Professors David Levine, Mark Lemley and David Post have sent a letter to the House of Representatives, which is having a hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) tomorrow.

They argue that the pending legislation is a threat to the free Internet.

“SOPA is a dangerous bill. It threatens the most vibrant sector of our economy – Internet commerce. It is directly at odds with the United States’ foreign policy of Internet openness, a fact that repressive regimes will seize upon to justify their censorship of the Internet. And it violates the First Amendment,” the profs conclude.

Under SOPA the authorities and copyright holders would gain unprecedented tools to shut down sites they deem to be facilitating copyright infringement.

Read the full letter below.

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