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PROTECT-IP Act (better known as PIPA or the E-PARASITE Act) is the U.S. Senate bill sought by the entertainment industry and introduced by liberal Democrat Patrick Leahy (VT) in 2011, and supported by the Majority Leader liberal Democrat Harry Reid (NV). The bill originally had 40 bipartisan sponsors, including Senators Bill Nelson (D) and Marco Rubio (R), both from Florida.[1] The U.S. House of Representatives is also considering a similar bill known as the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA.

On January 18, 2012, Wikipedia, Google, Craigslist,, and numerous other websites protested both the Senate and House versions of the bill by either blanking out their sites or requiring users to read statements about the bills. By the end of the day, both SOPA and PIPA had lost congressional support.[2]

It is a revamped version of Leahy's failed 2010 bill, the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA).

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  1. Bill Summary & Status: 112th Congress (2011 - 2012) - S.968 Cosponsors Library of Congress THOMAS, retrieved January 19, 2012
  2. Marco Rubio, Orrin Hatch drop PIPA support as Wikipedia, Google protest online piracy legislation, January 19, 2012, retrieved January 19, 2012