SOPA and PIPA: Bills postponed indefinitely

SOPA and PIPA: Bills postponed indefinitely
Just 48 hours after an Internet-wide protest "blackout," congressional leaders have indefinitely postponed the SOPA and PIPA anti-piracy bills.

Democratic majority leader Senator Harry Reid made the announcement this afternoon via Twitter, the microblogging service that was instrumental in getting the word out about the bills in the first place.

While the voting on the bills has been killed for now, the underlying issues will still be fiercely debated and will likely come back in another form later. Says Reid (using Twitter shortening and slang): "There's no reason that legitimate issues raised about PROTECT IP can't be resolved. Counterfeiting & piracy cost 1000s of jobs yearly. Americans rightfully expect to be fairly compensated 4 their work. I'm optimistic that we can reach compromise on PROTECT IP in coming week."

Republican rep Lamar Smith, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, called off his plans to draft a version of the anti-piracy act: "The committee remains committed to finding a solution to the problem of online piracy that protects American intellectual property and innovation. The House Judiciary Committee will postpone consideration of the legislation until there is wider agreement on a solution."

After details of the bills came to light just a couple of months ago, the Internet has been instrumental in their demise. Major tech companies/sites like Google, Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, eBay and Wikipedia all panned the bills and began campaigns to educate their users on the perils of SOPA. Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon said lawmakers collected 14 million names from citizens who wanted to protest the vote.

American freedom from censorship lives to fight another day. Thank you to everyone who contacted their local representative or participated in blackouts.

Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 20 Jan 2012 20:43
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  • hikaricor

    When the government can already have citizens of another country arrested and extradited to the US for non-violent the actions of their website's users, then clearly SOPA and PIPA are the least of our worries..

    20.1.2012 21:08 #1

  • GryphB

    Hey Senator Reid, how about you come over and choke on D's nuts!

    20.1.2012 23:37 #2

  • xaznboitx

    ISP will loss lots of money when people downgrade to slower speed... not everyone streams video from Netflix, hulu blockbuster etc...

    20.1.2012 23:40 #3

  • DDR4life

    "American freedom from censorship lives to fight another day."
    Amazing what knowledge in the right hands can do. Let's not get complacent now. The fight must ever continue.

    21.1.2012 03:21 #4

  • GrizzCola

    Just like all of the other SOPA/PIPA like bills that came before them, there will be another that tries its best to kill the internet. Or just like the sunset clause in the patriot bill the government/media may try to sneak SOPA/PIPA into law in some sort of sneaky fashion.

    Dew you due the do?

    21.1.2012 09:20 #5

  • nbfreak2

    Small victory,the war is still to come..

    21.1.2012 09:41 #6

  • LordRuss

    Remember folks, this thing is POSTPONED...

    Hollywood & the alphabet Nazi's have put a lot of money into this pig & they are expecting one hell of a bar-b-que. I can almost guarantee this isn't going away & will show back up within 90 days. Literally, just before the stink starts to leave the room.

    These people aren't socially fit to visit a slaughter house. They'll give it another name, squeeze it here, pinch it there & attach it to some other long drawn out bill that has peanut butter and windshields to do with one another to get the thing to go through.

    It is how they date rape the American (and now global) community. You've been warned.

    21.1.2012 13:55 #7


    Now we need to #StopH.R.1981 this bill is another one of Lamar Smiths bright ideas. The title of the bill once actually read is nothing compared to the details the bill has listed.


    22.1.2012 04:10 #8

  • simexi

    "OPEN would give oversight to the International Trade Commission (ITC) instead of the Justice Department, focuses on foreign-based websites, includes an appeals process, and would apply only to websites that "willfully" promote copyright violation. SOPA and PIPA, in contrast, would enable content owners to take down an entire website, even if just one page on it carried infringing content, and imposed sanctions after accusations -- not requiring a conviction."

    22.1.2012 04:41 #9

  • LordRuss

    "A rose by any other name..."

    22.1.2012 11:32 #10

  • hearme0

    Eh........knew this was gonna happen.

    23.1.2012 11:54 #11

  • jahnarisha

    sopa pipa out. watch out for acta

    25.1.2012 23:52 #12

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