The Protect IP Act, or PIPA, has drawn significant criticism for having too many parallels to its former iteration, the COICA (Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act). Designed to knock foreign websites that purportedly violated US copyright law, the bill has been derided as a grave threat to Free Speech. The most serious issue with the bill is the issue of due process, or in PIPA's case the lack thereof.
In an effort to drum up opposition to the bill and bring attention to lawmakers in Congress, the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) has begun the Reject the PROTECT IP Act campaign to streamline the process for netizens to let their local Congressperson know what a heap of steaming donkey pile the PIPA act is. The EFF is clever as ever:
"PROTECT IP = Private Rightsholders Opposed To Emerging Consumer Technologies, Innovation, and Progress
As drafted, the bill seeks to stop websites believed to be "dedicated" to "infringing activities" by granting the government the unprecedented power to attack the Internet's domain name system (DNS). The government would be able to force ISPs and search engines to redirect or dump users' attempts to reach certain websites' URLs. In response, third parties will woo average users to alternative servers that offer access to the entire Internet (not just the newly censored U.S. version), which will create new computer security vulnerabilities as the reliability and universality of the DNS evaporates."
As the EFF points out, PIPA is current on hold, but it wont stay in stasis forever. At some point it will either move forward or Congress will reject it. The entertainment industry is working hard to make sure this becomes law, it's up to the internet community to make sure it doesn't.