Don't Break the Internet
Mark A. Lemley
Stanford Law School
David S. Levine
Elon University School of Law; Stanford University - Center for Internet and Society
David G. Post
Temple University School of Law
January 3, 2012
Stanford Law Review Online, Vol. 64, p. 34, December 2011
Stanford Public Law Working Paper No. 1978989
Two bills now pending in Congress – the “Protect IP Act” (“Protect IP”) in the Senate, the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (“SOPA”) in the House – represent the latest legislative attempts to address online copyright and trademark infringement. Although the bills differ in certain respects, they share an underlying approach and an enforcement philosophy that pose grave constitutional problems and that could have potentially disastrous consequences for the stability and security of the Internet's addressing system, for the principle of interconnectivity that has helped drive the Internet’s extraordinary growth, and for free expression.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 5Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: January 4, 2012 ; Last revised: February 16, 2012
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