It was two bills. That was part of the confusion (for me). Mike Ingram (WSWS) explains it all beautifully in an easy to follow article:
The first is the so-called PIPA, or Protect IP Act, introduced to the US Senate on May 12 by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy. The second is the Stop Online Piracy Act, known as SOPA. This bill was introduced to the House of Representatives on October 26, 2011 by Republican Lamar Smith. The bills are the latest bipartisan attempt to give the government the ability to shut down the Internet or parts of the Internet.
In the name of defending intellectual property and copyrights, PIPA would force US Internet providers to block access to websites deemed as enablers of copyright infringement, particularly those outside of the US. PIPA also requires advertising networks and financial transaction providers to cut services to domains found to violate the law. PIPA adds search engines and others to the list of providers that can be forced to comply with court orders.Read the article in full. As someone who attempted to pull it together on my own via several articles, I can tell you this is a complicated issue but Mr. Ingram makes it very easy to follow and to understand. There is a great deal at stake obviously.
I attempted to locate a service I was comfortable with but no luck. Save The Internet is a group I would have felt comfortable dealing with; however, they have no campaign on this. That was the case with one group after another today.
Leaving me with the question: Who will save the net?
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: