On the other hand those who support the bill claim that the bill will actually promote US jobs by protecting US intellectual property. If the bill were to become law it would mean that a court order could block advertisers, search engines and internet service providers who deal with a site that breaks the law. The penalty could be as much as 5 years in prison for sites that repeatedly offend.
Since the bill was introduced in October 2011 there have been various protests including petitions and boycotts leading up to to-day’s internet sites blackout. Among protestors’ fears are that this bill could close down the internet as we know it now and also that online companies will leave the United States and so reduce jobs.