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Don't Break the Internet

Stanford Law Review Online, Vol. 64, p. 34, December 2011

Stanford Public Law Working Paper No. 1978989

5 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2012 Last revised: 20 Aug 2014

Mark A. Lemley

Stanford Law School

David S. Levine

Elon University School of Law; Stanford University - Center for Internet and Society

David G. Post

Independent

Date Written: January 3, 2012

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Lemley, Mark A. and Levine, David S. and Post, David G., Don't Break the Internet (January 3, 2012). Stanford Law Review Online, Vol. 64, p. 34, December 2011; Stanford Public Law Working Paper No. 1978989. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1978989

Mark A. Lemley (Contact Author)

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David S. Levine

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David G. Post

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