Internet Law Bills Currently Making Their Way Through The US Federal Government

It’s Internet law time! Below is a chart of Internet laws currently being reviewed in both the House and Senate. Bookmark this page and check back for updates. If you have any Internet law needs or questions, contact the Kelly / Warner Law Firm — as Internet law is our forte.

Bill Sponsor Status Last Action Plain English
S. 74: Internet Freedom, Broadband Promotion, and Consumer Protection Act of 2011
A bill to preserve the free and open nature of the Internet, expand the benefits of broadband, and promote universally available and affordable broadband service.
Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA] Referred to Committee Jan. 25, 2011 Think “a chicken in every pot.” Everyone should have access to the Internet.
H.R. 654: Do Not Track Me Online Act
To direct the Federal Trade Commission to prescribe regulations regarding the collection and use of information obtained by tracking the Internet activity of an individual, and for other purposes
Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA12] Referred to Committee Feb. 11, 2011 No more “cookies” for you.
H. Res. 95: Supporting the Preservation of Internet entrepreneurs and small businesses
Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that Congress should not enact any legislation that would grant State governments the authority to impose any new burdensome or unfair tax collecting requirements on small online businesses and entrepreneurs, which would ultimately hurt the economy and consumers in the United States.
Rep. Daniel Lungren [R-CA3] Introduced Feb. 16, 2011 States shall not over tax small businesses or start-ups.
H.R. 1349: Public Online Information Act of 2011
To establish an advisory committee to issue nonbinding government-wide guidelines on making public information available on the Internet, to require publicly available Government information held by the executive branch to be made available on the Internet, to express the sense of Congress that publicly available information held by the legislative and judicial branches should be available on the Internet, and for other purposes.
Rep. Steve Israel [D-NY2] Referred to Committee Apr. 4, 2011 Public information should be, you guessed it, public. Best way to do that is to put it all online.
S. 717: Public Online Information Act of 2011
A bill to establish an advisory committee to issue non-binding government-wide guidelines on making public information available on the Internet, to require publicly available Government information held by the executive branch to be made available on the Internet, to express the sense of Congress that publicly available information held by the legislative and judicial branches should be available on the Internet, and for other purposes.
Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT] Referred to Committee Apr. 4, 2011 Same as H.R. 1349
H.R. 1389: Global Online Freedom Act of 2011
To prevent United States businesses from cooperating with repressive governments in transforming the Internet into a tool of censorship and surveillance, to fulfill the responsibility of the United States Government to promote freedom of expression on the Internet, to restore public confidence in the integrity of United States businesses, and for other purposes.
Rep. Christopher Smith [R-NJ4] Referred to Committee Apr. 6, 2011 Prevent companies from selling their souls to work with governments that suppress freedom of speech.
S. 913: Do Not Track Online Act of 2011
A bill to require the Federal Trade Commission to prescribe regulations regarding the collection and use of personal information obtained by tracking the online activity of an individual, and for other purposes.
Sen. John Rockefeller [D-WV] Referred to Committee May 9, 2011 Seriously, no more “cookies”.
H.R. 1895: Do Not Track Kids Act of 2011
To amend the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 to extend, enhance, and revise the provisions relating to collection, use, and disclosure of personal information of children and to establish certain other protections for personal information of children and minors.
Rep. Edward Markey [D-MA7] Referred to Committee May 13, 2011 I MEAN IT, NO MORE “COOKIES”! Especially for the kids. This bill amends COPPA.
S. 968: Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 (PROTECT IP)
A bill to prevent online threats to economic creativity and theft of intellectual property, and for other purposes.
Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT] Reported by Committee May 26, 2011 This bill goes after overseas registered websites dedicated to infringement
H.R. 3261: Stop Online Piracy (SOPA)
To promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property, and for other purposes.
Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21] Pulled Jan. 20, 2011 Supposed to give copyright holders the ability to censor sites they feel infringe on IP.
H.R. 3605: Global Online Freedom Act of 2011
To prevent United States businesses from cooperating with repressive governments in transforming the Internet into a tool of censorship and surveillance, to fulfill the responsibility of the United States Government to promote freedom of expression on the Internet, to restore public confidence in the integrity of United States businesses, and for other purposes.
Rep. Christopher Smith [R-NJ4] Referred to Committee Dec. 8, 2011 Same as H.R. 1389
S. 2029: Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act
A bill to amend the Tariff Act of 1930 to deter unfair imports that infringe United States intellectual property rights, and for other purposes.
Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR] Referred to Committee Dec. 17, 2011 Protects copyrights and trademarks from Internet infringement.
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