SOPA Hearing Pushed Back To 2012
Gamers, and anyone else who likes the idea of a free Internet, rejoice: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has been pushed back again! Last week we brought you news that a scheduled full House vote over the attempt to ruin the Internet for everyone had been cancelled so that the House Judiciary Committee could continue to examine concerns, raised by some opponents of the bill, that certain provisions would actually lead to increased online security risks. Despite initial reports that the delay was indefinite, the very next day the committee announced a new hearing scheduled for Wednesday, December 21.
Fortunately, the US Congress opted today to enter winter recess at the close of today’s congressional session instead of tomorrow night as originally planned. Therefore, as confirmed by Judiciary Committee spokeswoman Kim Smith, the committee had to postpone the hearing until “early next year“. Awesomeness. This doesn’t mean we’re out of the water of course. Despite being a legal nightmare that robs online users of their first amendment rights by depriving them of their fourth amendment rights, and despite awarding non-governmental actors accountability-free legal authority to destroy their competition on the slightest insinuation of broadly defined copyright infringement, the bill retains strong support in Congress. So we’d best get to work increasing the pressure on our representatives who might not understand how deeply unpopular this thing is.
Luckily, the wonderful people at Reddit are on it. Here’s a handy how-to for anyone looking to join the fight.