SOPA Legislation Postponed IndefinitelyPosted 9:52 am on Friday, January 20th, 2012 by Michael Revis
It seems that Wednesday’s internet wide blackout protest finally managed to get Congress’ attention. An official statement was recently released saying that the legislation designed to overly police the internet, in a vain attempt to combat online piracy, has been shelved in order to find a better solution.
The statement was made by Chairman Smith, in response to the Senate’s decision to postpone deliberation on SOPA’s counterpart bill, PIPA. The message states as such:
“I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy. It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products.
“The problem of online piracy is too big to ignore. American intellectual property industries provide 19 million high-paying jobs and account for more than 60 percent of U.S. exports. The theft of America’s intellectual property costs the U.S. economy more than $100 billion annually and results in the loss of thousands of American jobs. Congress cannot stand by and do nothing while American innovators and job creators are under attack.
“The online theft of American intellectual property is no different than the theft of products from a store. It is illegal and the law should be enforced both in the store and online.
“The Committee will continue work with copyright owners, Internet companies, financial institutions to develop proposals that combat online piracy and protect America’s intellectual property. We welcome input from all organizations and individuals who have an honest difference of opinion about how best to address this widespread problem. The Committee remains committed to finding a solution to the problem of online piracy that protects American intellectual property and innovation.”
So, while the possibility remains that the bill may rear its ugly head in the future, this is still a huge victory for everyone who was against the silly legislation. Cue appropriate music!
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