Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), who introduced the bill and chairs the House Judiciary Committee, says it will help “stop the flow of revenue to rogue websites and ensures that the profits from American innovations go to American innovators”. However, the tech freedom organization Fight for the Future (and tech companies such as Google, Yahoo!, Facebook and more) claim the bill would “stifle free speech and innovation” and have launched a campaign to spread the word and ask Congress to oppose it.
The House Judiciary Committee could vote on H.R.3261 soon, but the Senate Judiciary Committee has already approved its piracy bill, the Protect IP Act. It has been placed on hold, however. Check out the video above and visit fightforthefuture.org/pipa for more information.