Great News: SOPA and PIPA Postponed ‘Indefinitely’
While it isn’t quite the same thing as ‘killed deader than a vampire on the sunlit side of the moon’, the average Internet user and the tech world can breathe a collective sigh of relief today, as news breaks that SOPA and PIPA have been postponed indefinitely. Earlier this morning, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid confirmed that “in light of recent events,” a scheduled vote on PIPA would be postponed. At the same time, members of the House Judiciary Committee, the body that created SOPA, put that bill on hold. Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, chief sponsor of the bill, said they will “postpone consideration of the legislation until there is wider agreement on a solution”.
While neither body will say that the bills are dead, the fact remains that the widespread website blackouts in protest of SOPA and PIPA that occurred on January 18th, and the increased public opposition prior to those protests caused a sizable number of congresspeople to flip their position on these bills. Even before Wednesday’s protests, the tide was turning. Given how effective opposition has been, it is all but guaranteed that there will be no “wider” agreement on solutions to the problem of piracy, at least in the short term. This means that for all intents and purposes, SOPA and PIPA as we know them are dead.
This should not be taken as a reason to relax however. It’s highly likely that supporters of the bills, not to mention the RIAA and MPAA, will regroup and return with either an amended version of these odious proposals, or brand new legislation that will once again seek to ruin the Internet. Still, in light of the surprise success of Wednesday’s protests, it’s safe to say those of us opposed to the bills have earned a couple of moments to celebrate. With that in mind, allow me to rub this in the MPAA and RIAA’s faces for a second: