Those bills -- drafted by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, respectively -- are designed to make it easier for copyright holders to take down foreign websites that distribute pirated movies, music and software. Opponents , however, have argued that the legislation will give content owners too much power.
The seven men each face a maximum of 55 years in prison if convicted on all counts.
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