This "Proposed SOPA Fixes" document follows on the earlier EDUCAUSE document which identified four key areas of concern in the "Stop Online Piracy Act" or "SOPA" (H.R. 3261):
- The definitions in the bill create broad and unpredictable liabilities.
- The DNS and search filtering provisions undermine cybersecurity and will not work.
- Provisions in the bill place the status of the DMCA safe harbors in doubt.
- The streaming provision could impose criminal liability on good faith, non-profit institutions and actors.
The proposed fixes, developed by the Association for Research Libraries in collaboration with EDUCAUSE, the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and other interested parties in higher education, are designed to alleviate each of those concerns in turn.