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Congress defers vote on IP laws

22 December, 2011
By Allison Orr

In the US, Congress has postposed its vote on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), amid heated debates that the law will ultimately lead to censorship.

The law would permit the government to take down any website suspected of hosting copyrighted material without a court warrant.  So not just the infringing the content, but the entire site could be taken down without a court examining whether or not copyright has indeed been violated.

This legislation has been heavily criticized by Google as being tantamount to censorship.  Facebook and Yahoo! have also been critical.

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