On SOPA, PIPA and the Internet Blackouts

Today, many websites are participating in a blackout inspired by the Stop Online Piracy Act ("SOPA", H.R.3261) and PROTECT IP Act ("PIPA", S.968) bills currently being considered by Congress. These two bills, which are very similar to one another, are intended to extend copyright protections and enable better defenses against copyright infringement by international websites.