The Congress Concluded: SOPA’s A “No-Go”
In a post published yesterday we discussed about the decrease in support received by SOPA and PIPA. Today we pick up were we left with Congress’ healthy conclusion. Let’s check out the unfolding of the whole story:
On January the 15th 2012 a WashingtonMonthly report broke the news about SOPA being shelved by the Congress.
Ever since the controversial anti-piracy act took life in October 2011 both opponents and supporters of SOPA had been arguing, each presenting the cons and respectively pros of putting such a law into motion. Same goes for Senate’s Protect IP Act, commonly known as PIPA, a less aggressive version of SOPA, but with enough power to meddle with Internet’s freedom.
Last Friday SOPA’s sponsors agreed to drop a key provision that would have turned service providers into internet cops by being forced to block access to international “rogue” sites. That was the first blow to SOPA’s supporters.
The second came the very next day, when the White House announced its opposition to the bills (SOPA and PIPA).
“We will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.”
It added that any proposed legislation “must not tamper with the technical architecture of the Internet,” said the White House statement.
By now the Obama administration did not formally expressed any opinion. As part of the online “We The People” petition initiative launched by the White House in 2011, a response was published.
Just a few hours later the Congress shelved SOPA, indefinitely.
House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said early Saturday morning that Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) promised him the House will not vote on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) unless there is consensus on the bill.
“While I remain concerned about Senate action on the Protect IP Act, I am confident that flawed legislation will not be taken up by this House,” Issa said in a statement. “Majority Leader Cantor has assured me that we will continue to work to address outstanding concerns and work to build consensus prior to any anti-piracy legislation coming before the House for a vote.”
A very important battle has been won, but the “war” is not over.