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SOPA fight over 'Internet censorship' attracts Yahoo, Google

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(Read caption) Yahoo is one of nine Internet companies which publicly opposes the Stop Internet Privacy Act, or SOPA.

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Late last month, Lamar Smith, a Republican representative from Texas, introduced a bill called SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy act), which was intended to crack down on intellectual property theft, and put up barriers against what Smith termed "rogue" sites.

"[T]he problem of rogue Web sites is real, immediate and widespread. It harms all sectors of the economy," Smith said, according to the Washington Post

(For what it's wroth, the SOPA bill in the House has a similar counterpart in the Senate called the PROTECT IP Act.)

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Over at Information Week, Paul McDougall offers up a run-down of five key provisions of the bill, which include the blocking of sites that provide copyrighted content – the Pirate Bay, for instance – and the targeting of websites that attempt to sell pharmaceuticals to individuals without prescriptions. McDougall quotes Pfizer security officer John Clark, who says "pharmaceutical counterfeiting is first and foremost an issue of patient health and safety."

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