Friday, 20 January 2012 14:11

U.S. ANTI-PIRACY LEGISLATION HITS SPEED BUMP - SOPA / PIPA

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Anti-piracy legislation in both the U.S. House (H.R. 3261, Stop Online Piracy Act, or “SOPA”) and Senate (S.968 PROTECT IP Act, or “PIPA”) has been abruptly halted following this past Wednesday’s worldwide online blackout protest involving numerous popular Internet sites, tweets, blogs, and the like (including WIKIPEDIA).  There has also been growing domestic concern over the potential extent of the federal government's reach in its effort to address rogue overseas websites.

While the anti-piracy bills are intended to address legitimate violations of U.S. intellectual property rights by websites that generally operate outside the U.S., opponents are concerned with the potential for excessive restraints on liberty, both in the U.S. and worldwide, should the current versions of these bills become enacted into law.

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Jason LaCosse

As a Registered Patent Attorney, Mr. LaCosse concentrates his practice in Patent and Trademark Prosecution, Intellectual Property Enforcement, and Licensing. He maintains an AV-Preeminent peer rating by Martindale-Hubbell, is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in Intellectual Property Law, and is licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. Mr. LaCosse is an active member of the Dade County Bar Association, serving on the DCBA Membership Committee and the DCBA Intellectual Property Committee. Mr. LaCosse earned his bachelor's degree in Applied Physics with honors from Michigan Tech, his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and his law degree from the University of Denver.