Breaking down PIPA

The House’s Stop Online Piracy Act and the Senate’s Protect Intellectual Property Act (shown below), were drafted to target foreign Web sites that illegally host copyrighted material. But companies like Google and Reddit argue that the onus of blocking out pirated material may fall on U.S. companies to police every link on their Web sites, and that the bill is too vague. PIPA, as amended on May 26, 2011, is shown below.

Click on the points below for a closer look at the bill:

SOURCE: Staff reports. GRAPHIC: Hayley Tsukayama and Sisi Wei - The Washington Post. Published Jan. 18, 2012.