SOPA: I’ll be back

SOPA: I’ll be back

Despite the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its companion bill, the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) being postponed indefinitely thanks to protests from citizens, websites and technology professionals, key senators believe that it won’t be long before a revised version is ready.

It was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who called for the twin bills to be delayed – and eventually put on permanent hold – due to widespread public condemnation, as well as blackouts from major websites like Wikipedia and around 7,000 others. However, Mr Reid was quick to hint at the comeback for SOPA and potentially PIPA as well.

“We live in a country where people rightfully expect to be fairly compensated for a day’s work, whether that person is a miner in the high desert of Nevada, an independent band in New York City, or a union worker on the back lots of a California movie studio,” he said in a statement posted by Games Industry (requires free account sign up.)

He went on to encourage other key senators to look into the proposed amendments to the bills, rehashing SOPA to make it more likely to pass if pushed through again. However, in the same sentence he also mentioned maintaining “openness and innovation on the internet,” suggesting that he certainly understands the major concerns of anti-SOPA protesters. 

Initially it was thought that the SOPA/PIPA combination would pass without much contest, as early requests for amendments by online technology firms like Google and Facebook were ignored and denied. However, after several awareness raising tactics, website blackouts, hacktivist attacks and average people contacting their representatives to voice their concerns, the bills were defeated.

For now the internet as we know it is safe once again. But how long will it last?

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