With its failed attempt to pass "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA), Congress has decided to wait on attacking the pirates on the internet and moved its attention onto the pets who pirate sounds from the entertainment industry.
"Pets have been quoting movie lines without any legal persecution for too long." Stated Senator Mitch McConnell on the proposed bill. "They quote lines from 'Meow' and 'Woof' which are copyrighted by various movie companies such as Walt Disney. It's not only the movie industry that claims copyright though, the music industry has had its fair share of infringement claims. Lady Gaga sued a zoo because a lion used 'Rawr' which was copyrighted when she published her song 'Bad Romance.'"
The bill allows the government to censor what your pets will say if a copyright holder files a legal claim with the government.
Although the bill has much support from both the house and the senate, average citizens are not happy with what the bill can do.
"This bill is too vague." Said James Yout, a local representative of an animal rights group. "This bill will allow both the government and the entertainment industry to censor or shutdown any pet it does not like. This will allow the government to remove the vocal cords of your pet without prior knowledge to you. I agree with protecting copyrighted material, but we need a more precise legislation to do it."
Other concerns are that it affects and impedes free speech. Organizations such as the ACLU claim that "this bill will allow the government to censor any pet that they feel is out of line which is against the first amendment of the constitution."
Congress will have a hearing on the "Stop Pets Piracy Act" (SPPA) sometime within the next two weeks.