Issa unveils hashtag for online piracy effort

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SOPA and its companion bill in the Senate, the PROTECT IP Act, have prompted a backlash from the tech industry and free-speech advocates that claim the bills would lead to censorship. SOPA in particular has been criticized for provisions that critics say would ensnare legitimate Web companies.

SOPA and PROTECT IP have garnered significant bipartisan support thanks in part to the strong backing of the entertainment and retail industries. The alternate proposal has been circulated in draft form and will be unveiled on a new website on Thursday in hopes of soliciting public input.