Stop Online Piracy Act
"To promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property, and for other purposes."
- House Bill 3261
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is a bill to attempt to protect copyrighted material, as well as stop the sale of copyrighted materials on the internet. It gives the Federal Department of Justice, as well as copyright holders, the ability to seek a court order against a website that is hosting copyrighted content illegally in order to shut it down . The violating websites will not be completely deleted, but their DNS records will be removed. So, if the IP address is known the website can still be accessed. Another problem is that the United States Department of Justice will not be able to tell other DNS hosts in other countries to remove entries, so other countries can still access the violating websites .