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.

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2 Comments on SOPA Hearing Pushed Back To 2012

Aids

On December 20, 2011 at 10:29 pm

People need to shut the up already. Every few years they push these bills and guess what. The US government is made up of 3 branches. Supreme Court ruled similar bills as unconstitutional in the past yet no one ed or talk about it. Damn internet, just one big nasally scream fest.

ing mouth breathers piss off already.

Ross Lincoln

On December 21, 2011 at 11:20 am

Aids, even though what you’re saying is true, previous bills failed precisely because of people freaking out about them. In addition, there is literally no guarantee this court would do the right thing an overturn it. Kelo v New london, Citizens United and Bush V Gore are all very recent examples of the court basically ruling the wishes of a certain political faction, the law be damned.