Carrying the tagline "Stop Foreign Internet Criminals From Stealing
Our Jobs," the ad urges members of Congress to pass both the
Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act. In the ad, such
piracy is compared with counterfeit medications and other products.
The bills' supporters say that stringent measures are needed to
curb the pirating of movies, music, books and other types of
"Every day, internet criminals use illegal foreign websites to
steal from New York companies and hardworking Americans," the ad
Supporters of the bills who are listed in the ad include ABC,
ESPN, Sony Music, Time Warner , and
Major League Baseball and about 50 other companies and groups.
But the same legislation that Hollywood and some large media
companies are pushing has come under fire from online heavyweights
such as Google, which say the new rules will severely restrict
freedom on the web. The bills would let the Justice Department
pressure U.S. businesses to stop dealing with non-U.S. internet
companies deemed with links to piracy.
A group called Fight for the Future recently launched a site,
I Work for the Internet,
that encourages people who make their living online -- developers,
marketers, researchers and others -- to upload their photo and show
that they're opposed to SOPA.
"If Congress passes the Stop Online Piracy Act, America's most
promising engine of future jobs and opportunity will be put at
risk," the site reads.