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Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)

An American bill currently being debated for inclusion into US law, designed to combat online piracy.

The bill is being widely criticised worldwide for its potential impact on internet usage on all countries. Among its many regulations is the power for the US government to require domain hosters to take down entire domains as soon as a copyright complaint is received. This could lead to any site that allows user generated content to be taken down at a moments notice, including the likes of youtube, facebook and twitter.

Numerous organisations have publicly spoken out against the act, including Google, Mozilla, Twitter, Yahoo!, eBay, AOL and Zynga.

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