Published Jan 20, 2012In the last couple of days, there has been a shit storm of controversy over online piracy, first with a blackout in protest over the proposed SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) bills, and then with the "hacktivist" group Anonymous targeting some major industry websites in protest of Megaupload being shut down. Well, it looks as if the backlash may have worked in some respects, since the votes on SOPA and PIPA have been delayed indefinitely in the U.S.
CNN reports that while the U.S. Senate had been scheduled to vote on PIPA next week (January 24), the widespread anger towards the two acts prompted the lawmakers to reconsider.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, who introduced SOPA, said in a written statement that Congress would "postpone consideration of the legislation until there is wider agreement on a solution." We're speculating here, but maybe this has something to do with the fact that he was busted by Vice for committing a little copyright violation of his own?
In addition to online blackouts, protestors took the streets on Wednesday (January 18) in various cities around the U.S., while Google collected millions of anti-SOPA/PIPA signatures in a petition. This prompted some U.S. politicians to change their stance on the bills.
SOPA and PIPA aim to crack down on online piracy. And while their future is in jeopardy, this may not be the last we hear of the acts. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said, "There is no reason that the legitimate issues raised by many about this bill cannot be resolved."