It’s official! The internet has succeeded in the crusade against SOPA (The Stop Online Piracy Act), which many feared would severely impact the economy and freedom of the internet. Online voices against the bill became deafening in recent weeks, as giants like Reddit, Google, Facebook and Wikipedia came out in protest.
The House of Representatives yesterday shelved the bill indefinitely, probably in response to President Obama’s statement against it, which was released on Saturday.
Darrell Issa (R-CA), of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said, “The voice of the Internet community has been heard. Much more education for members of Congress about the workings of the Internet is essential if anti-piracy legislation is to be workable and achieve broad appeal.”
The Senate’s version of the bill, PIPA or the Protect IP Act (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act) is still in committee, but is scheduled for a vote on Jan. 24.
According to DigitalTrends, “PIPA contains similar provisions [to SOPA], which critics say could usher in an unprecedented level of government-enforced censorship online, harm the underlying infrastructure of the Internet, and hamper online innovation by stifling investment in Internet startups due to a more risky investment environment.”
Tomorrow’s internet blackout is still on to protest PIPA, and this site will also be taken down in a show of support for those who hope to keep the internet free.
Read more TNGG articles about SOPA, and check out our partners:
Imagining a Post-SOPA Internet, by Hiroki Murakami
What You Need to Know About SOPA, by Jen Schmidt
On PolicyMic: SOPA Debated: What Role Should the Government Play in Regulating Online Piracy?