" From what I've already read, this would mean the end of the Internet as we know it " -Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA).

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has already put a hold on PROTECT IP once. What will happen next time?

"They could bring it to the floor but I'll have a chance to, essentially, under the rules of the Senate, walk the country through what's at stake. I'll be able to point out, for example, why so many experts in the architecture of the Internet are opposed to this. They've made a very good case that some of what is going to be done under the PROTECT IP Act would actually hinder cybersecurity.

And in the U.S. House?

+Declan McCullagh, SAN FRANCISCO: "Lofgren, whose congressional district includes the high-tech center of San Jose, will be a key ally for Google, Yahoo, and other tech companies who are already working with advocacy groups through trade associations to figure out how to defeat SOPA (PDF), also known as the E-Parasite Act.

Prospects for the Stop Online Privacy Act and PROTECT IP Act?

Again, +Declan McCullagh: "So far, at least, they're outnumbered, outspent, and outgunned. SOPA's backers include the Republican or Democratic heads of all the relevant House and Senate committees, and groups as far afield as the Teamsters have embraced the measure on the theory that it will protect and create U.S. jobs. SOPA is so controversial -- the Electronic Frontier Foundation calls it "disastrous" -- because it would force changes to the Domain Name System and effectively create a blacklist of Internet domains suspected of intellectual property violations."

Who opposes these bills?

David Sohn, Center for Democracy and Technology: "CDT has argued for some time that the domain-name filtering provisions of the Senate's PROTECT IP Act raise serious problems. Domain-name filtering is a blunt instrument; it is trivial to evade and hence won't be effective; it carries risks for cybersecurity; and it sets a bad international precedent; and it can inadvertently affect lawful speech. Infringement is a real problem, but trying to tackle it via the domain name system is a mistake."

Dozens of law professors believe the PROTECT IP Act is unconstitutional.
More perspectives from VCs, analysts and tech journalists who understand how the Internet works:

+Corynne McSherry, EFF

+Mike Masnick of TechDirt is tracking the issue closely, including a lobbying trip last week:

+Jodie Graham , Public Knowledge

+Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures

+Brad Feld, Foundry Group

+Molly Wood, CNET

+Mathew Ingram, GigaOm

Nate Anderson, Ars Technica

+Gautham Ganesh, The Hill

+Gary Shapiro, CEO of the CEA

+Kathy Gill curated many more stories, resources and links to the bills, donations and more:
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