SOPA and PIPA are dead, for now

Color me impressed! I'm usually cynical about protests actually accomplishing anything, but it looks like this one did for at least a little while. Certainly the issue isn't going to go away and there is an argument to be made that some form of legislation is needed, but SOPA/PIPA wasn't the right approach. #seb #politics #SOPA #protests

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Internet wins: SOPA and PIPA both shelved
Just hours after Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) announced he was delaying a vote on the PROTECT IP Act, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the sponsor of the Stop Online Piracy Act, followed suit and announced he would be delaying consideration of the companion legislation.

“I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy," Smith said. "It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem…

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3 thoughts on “SOPA and PIPA are dead, for now

  1. I experienced some cognitive dissonance last night, hearing Gingrich and Romney in their stances against these bills. I struggle to remember the last time I agreed with one of them on an issue, much less both of them. The notion that the U.S. would try to do anything to hamper the Internet, the most revolutionary invention of recent modernity, strikes me as reactionary as the Church’s persecution of Galileo. Glad to see the Congress changing direction, but further vigilance will be needed to ensure they do not try this again at some later date.

  2. I followed closely SOPA/PIPA protests and I’m really glad that it ended (for now) this way.
    But until the industry will change its approach to piracy, consumers and content we must stay cautious and react accordingly to any attempt to change legislation in favour of big companies.

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