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  • 1. CHENNAI3rd Floor, ‘Creative Enclave’,148-150, Luz Church Road, Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004. SOPA Tel: +91 - 44 - 2498 4821 BANGALORE Suite 920, Level 9, Raheja Towers, 26-27, M G Road, Bangalore - 560 001. Tel: +91 - 80 - 6546 2400 COIMBATORE BB1, Park Avenue, # 48, Race Course Road, Coimbatore - 641018. Tel: +91 - 422 – 6552921 JENI VARGHESE EMAIL PATENT DEPT. info@altacit.com WEBSITE www.altacit.com
  • 2. INTRODUCTION CHENNAI3rd Floor, ‘Creative Enclave’,148-150, Luz Church Road, Mylapore, Stop Online Piracy Act OR H.R. 3261 Chennai - 600 004. Tel: +91 - 44 - 2498 4821 BANGALORE Suite 920, Level 9, • A proposed law that was introduced in the Raheja Towers, 26-27, M G Road, Bangalore - 560 001. US House of Representative. Tel: +91 - 80 - 6546 2400 COIMBATORE • By Texas Republican Lamar Smith along BB1, Park Avenue, # 48, Race Course Road, Coimbatore - 641018. with 12 co-sponsors on October 26, 2011. Tel: +91 - 422 – 6552921 • A similar bill in the U.S. Senate is titled Protect IP Act (PIPA) OR S.968. EMAIL info@altacit.com WEBSITE www.altacit.com
  • 3. WHAT DOES SOPA MEAN? CHENNAI3rd Floor, ‘Creative Enclave’,148-150, Luz Church Road, SOPA is a United States Anti Piracy Bill to expand the ability of the U.S. law enforcement Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004. Tel: +91 - 44 - 2498 4821 BANGALORE Suite 920, Level 9, to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods. Raheja Towers, 26-27, M G Road, Bangalore - 560 001. Tel: +91 - 80 - 6546 2400 COIMBATORE BB1, Park Avenue, # 48, Race Course Road, Coimbatore - 641018. • Primary focus of the SOPA legislation- prevent the Tel: +91 - 422 – 6552921 threat of foreign sites hosting pirated material. • Provides intellectual property owners in the United States the ability to target foreign sites against whom they have a copyright claim. EMAIL info@altacit.com WEBSITE www.altacit.com
  • 4. GOAL CHENNAI3rd Floor, ‘Creative Enclave’,148-150, Luz Church Road, • PROTECTING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OF CONTENT CREATORS: Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004. Tel: +91 - 44 - 2498 4821 BANGALORE Suite 920, Level 9, Designed to tackle the problem of foreign based websites that sell pirated American Raheja Towers, 26-27, M G Road, Bangalore - 560 001. movies and music. Tel: +91 - 80 - 6546 2400 COIMBATORE BB1, Park Avenue, # 48, Race Course Road, Coimbatore - 641018. Tel: +91 - 422 – 6552921 • PROTECTION AGAINST FORGED WEBSITES SELLING GOODS THAT WERE EITHER MIS-BRANDED OR SIMPLY COUNTERFEIT EMAIL info@altacit.com WEBSITE www.altacit.com
  • 5. PURPOSE OF THE BILL CHENNAI3rd Floor, ‘Creative Enclave’, • To block foreign infringing websites publishing148-150, Luz Church Road, Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004. content which violates U.S. copyright laws. Tel: +91 - 44 - 2498 4821 BANGALORE • Stop the flow of revenue to infringing websites and ensure that the profits from American innovations go Suite 920, Level 9, Raheja Towers, 26-27, M G Road, Bangalore - 560 001. Tel: +91 - 80 - 6546 2400 to American innovators. COIMBATORE BB1, Park Avenue, • Promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and # 48, Race Course Road, Coimbatore - 641018. Tel: +91 - 422 – 6552921 innovation by combating theft of U.S. property. US currently lacks jurisdiction over infringing websites in other countries. EMAIL info@altacit.com WEBSITE www.altacit.com
  • 6. HOW SOPA WORKS? CHENNAI3rd Floor, ‘Creative Enclave’, • The proposed bill gives the U.S. government through148-150, Luz Church Road, Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004. the office of the Attorney General the power to pursue Tel: +91 - 44 - 2498 4821 court orders against any site believing to be engaged in BANGALORE Suite 920, Level 9, Raheja Towers, copyright infringement. • The Act puts pressure on companies and services like 26-27, M G Road, Bangalore - 560 001. Tel: +91 - 80 - 6546 2400 COIMBATORE Internet service providers, search engines, payment BB1, Park Avenue, # 48, Race Course Road, Coimbatore - 641018. network providers and Internet advertising services Tel: +91 - 422 – 6552921 within the United States, to block/discontinue their services to the foreign infringing websites. • If the Act becomes law, the above entities will have to comply with a strict set of rules (designed to cut off the EMAIL foreign infringing site) if the attorney general serves info@altacit.com them a court order. They will have to act on those rules WEBSITE www.altacit.com within five days of receiving the court order.
  • 7. Cont.. CHENNAI3rd Floor, ‘Creative Enclave’, • the Act requires:148-150, Luz Church Road, (i) Internet Service Providers to block users within the Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004. United States from accessing the infringing site. Tel: +91 - 44 - 2498 4821 (ii) search engines will have to remove all direct hyperlinks BANGALORE Suite 920, Level 9, to an infringing site. Raheja Towers, 26-27, M G Road, Bangalore - 560 001. (iii) payment network providers would be required to cut off Tel: +91 - 80 - 6546 2400 funds to infringing sites. COIMBATORE BB1, Park Avenue, (iv) advertising services wouldnt be allowed to serve up ads # 48, Race Course Road, Coimbatore - 641018. on the infringing site nor could they produce any Tel: +91 - 422 – 6552921 advertisements for the site itself. Eg: If Site X has infringed copyright law, services connected to Site X like advertisers, payment processor etc will have to remove Site X from its services within 5 days or will be considered to be violating the law. A search engine (eg: Google) which has indexed Site X, will have to remove it from its listings and the DNS registry which directs queries EMAIL regarding Site X to the correct IP will have to remove the same from its info@altacit.com Registry. Both the search engine and the DNS registry will have to do so WEBSITE within five days or they shall be considered to be violating the law. www.altacit.com
  • 8. Cont.. CHENNAI3rd Floor, ‘Creative Enclave’,148-150, Luz Church Road, Mylapore, Payment Processor Chennai - 600 004. Tel: +91 - 44 - 2498 4821 BANGALORE Suite 920, Level 9, Raheja Towers, 26-27, M G Road, Bangalore - 560 001. Advertisers SITE ‘X’ Tel: +91 - 80 - 6546 2400 COIMBATORE BB1, Park Avenue, # 48, Race Course Road, Coimbatore - 641018. Tel: +91 - 422 – 6552921 Domain Name System Registry EMAIL Search Engine info@altacit.com WEBSITE www.altacit.com
  • 9. Cont.. CHENNAI3rd Floor, ‘Creative Enclave’, • The Bill also covers the act of streaming148-150, Luz Church Road, Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004. Tel: +91 - 44 - 2498 4821 copyrighted content or ‘facilitating’ such BANGALORE content. For unauthorized streaming of Suite 920, Level 9, Raheja Towers, 26-27, M G Road, Bangalore - 560 001. copyrighted content, maximum penalty is five Tel: +91 - 80 - 6546 2400 years in prison. COIMBATORE BB1, Park Avenue, # 48, Race Course Road, Coimbatore - 641018. • There are also sections that target sites that offer up counterfeit goods especially Tel: +91 - 422 – 6552921 pharmaceutical goods. • Any copyright holder who knowingly EMAIL misrepresents that a website is involved in info@altacit.com WEBSITE copyright infringement would be liable for www.altacit.com damages.
  • 10. RISKS/DRAWBACKS CHENNAI3rd Floor, ‘Creative Enclave’, • Almost all the actions under SOPA target sites148-150, Luz Church Road, Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004. Tel: +91 - 44 - 2498 4821 that link to or otherwise support the identified BANGALORE criminal site. Suite 920, Level 9, Raheja Towers, 26-27, M G Road, Bangalore - 560 001. • Entire website can be blocked irrespective of the amount of infringing content. Tel: +91 - 80 - 6546 2400 COIMBATORE BB1, Park Avenue, # 48, Race Course Road, Coimbatore - 641018. Tel: +91 - 422 – 6552921 • Language in the house bill is too vague that it may allow content owners to target U.S. websites that arent knowingly hosting the pirated content. EMAIL info@altacit.com WEBSITE www.altacit.com
  • 11. Cont.. CHENNAI3rd Floor, ‘Creative Enclave’,148-150, Luz Church Road, • The Bill would not be able to stop pirates. Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004. Tel: +91 - 44 - 2498 4821 • The Bill would impose huge regulatory BANGALORE Suite 920, Level 9, costs. Raheja Towers, 26-27, M G Road, Bangalore - 560 001. • The Bill would be devastating to the free Tel: +91 - 80 - 6546 2400 COIMBATORE and open web. BB1, Park Avenue, # 48, Race Course Road, Coimbatore - 641018. Tel: +91 - 422 – 6552921 EMAIL info@altacit.com WEBSITE www.altacit.com
  • 12. SOPA-SUPPORTERS CHENNAI3rd Floor, ‘Creative Enclave’,148-150, Luz Church Road, • Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004. Tel: +91 - 44 - 2498 4821 BANGALORE Suite 920, Level 9, Raheja Towers, • The Recording Industry Association of 26-27, M G Road, Bangalore - 560 001. Tel: +91 - 80 - 6546 2400 America (RIAA) COIMBATORE BB1, Park Avenue, • U.S. Chamber of Commerce # 48, Race Course Road, Coimbatore - 641018. Tel: +91 - 422 – 6552921 • Various Pharmaceutical industries and internet/tech companies EMAIL info@altacit.com WEBSITE www.altacit.com
  • 13. SOPA-OPPONENTS CHENNAI3rd Floor, ‘Creative Enclave’, Google148-150, Luz Church Road, Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004. Tel: +91 - 44 - 2498 4821 Wikipedia BANGALORE Suite 920, Level 9, Facebook Raheja Towers, 26-27, M G Road, Bangalore - 560 001. Tel: +91 - 80 - 6546 2400 Reddit COIMBATORE BB1, Park Avenue, eBay # 48, Race Course Road, Paypal Coimbatore - 641018. Tel: +91 - 422 – 6552921 WikiLeaks etc EMAIL info@altacit.com WEBSITE www.altacit.com
  • 14. PROTEST CHENNAI3rd Floor, ‘Creative Enclave’, • Tumblr, Mozilla, Techdirt, the Center for Democracy and148-150, Luz Church Road, Technology were among many Internet companies that Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004. protested by participating in American Censorship Day On Tel: +91 - 44 - 2498 4821 November 16, 2011. They displayed black banners over BANGALORE their site logos with the words "STOP CENSORSHIP". Suite 920, Level 9, Raheja Towers, • Reddit blacked out its site for twelve hours on January 18, 26-27, M G Road, Bangalore - 560 001. 2012. Tel: +91 - 80 - 6546 2400 • Google put a big black box over the prominent logo on its COIMBATORE BB1, Park Avenue, homepage with a link to a page from which users could sign # 48, Race Course Road, Coimbatore - 641018. a petition entitled “Tell Congress: Don’t censor the Web”. Tel: +91 - 422 – 6552921 Google collected more than 7 million signatures from the United States. • Other major internet sites such as Twitter, Yahoo, Amazon, AOL, LinkedIn, IAC, eBay, PayPal, Wordpress and Wikipedia committed to an "unprecedented" internet blackout on January 18, 2012. EMAIL • Street Protest were also held in New York, San Francisco info@altacit.com and Seattle. WEBSITE www.altacit.com
  • 15. Cont.. CHENNAI3rd Floor, ‘Creative Enclave’,148-150, Luz Church Road, Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004. Tel: +91 - 44 - 2498 4821 BANGALORE Suite 920, Level 9, Raheja Towers, 26-27, M G Road, Bangalore - 560 001. Tel: +91 - 80 - 6546 2400 COIMBATORE BB1, Park Avenue, # 48, Race Course Road, Coimbatore - 641018. Tel: +91 - 422 – 6552921 EMAIL info@altacit.com WEBSITE www.altacit.com
  • 16. OUTCOME/STATUS CHENNAI3rd Floor, ‘Creative Enclave’,148-150, Luz Church Road, OUTCOME IF BILL BECOMES LAW: Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004. Tel: +91 - 44 - 2498 4821 Censored Internet BANGALORE Suite 920, Level 9, Raheja Towers, 26-27, M G Road, Bangalore - 560 001. Tel: +91 - 80 - 6546 2400 COIMBATORE STATUS OF THE BILL: BB1, Park Avenue, # 48, Race Course Road, Coimbatore - 641018. Temporarily Withdrawn Tel: +91 - 422 – 6552921 EMAIL info@altacit.com WEBSITE www.altacit.com
  • 17. CHENNAI3rd Floor, ‘Creative Enclave’,148-150, Luz Church Road, Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004. Tel: +91 - 44 - 2498 4821 BANGALORE Suite 920, Level 9, Raheja Towers, THANK YOU 26-27, M G Road, Bangalore - 560 001. Tel: +91 - 80 - 6546 2400 COIMBATORE BB1, Park Avenue, # 48, Race Course Road, Coimbatore - 641018. Tel: +91 - 422 – 6552921 EMAIL info@altacit.com WEBSITE www.altacit.com