There are two sister bills currently being considered by Congress: H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House of Representatives (, and United States Senate Bill S.968, the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 (PROTECT IP Act) ( These acts were written with the original intent to allow the U. S. Attorney General to defend the rights of copyright holders, namely the movie and recording industries, against losses due to piracy of their products. The tools provided to the Attorney General for this purpose, however, will cause irreparable harm to the structural integrity of the Internet, circumvent anti-hacking protections already in place, and are unlikely to accomplish the stated goals of the Acts themselves.