SOPA Reportedly Wounded, Possibly Dead

If News reports from earlier this morning turn out to be true, opponents of the Stop Online Piracy Act may have just succeeded in getting it killed. Details are not entirely clear, however it appears that in the wake of the White House’s tepid, yet firm statement of opposition to SOPA, the House of Representatives is preparing to cancel any vote on SOPA, in effect killing it.

Though the cancellation is still not verified, and the news is based on the word of a single SOPA opponent, that the opponent happens to be California Representative Darryl Issa means we ought to take it seriously. Earlier today, it was reported (though the story first broke Friday) that Issa has received a promise from House Majority leader Eric Cantor that SOPA will be shelved “unless there is consensus on the bill.” “While I remain concerned about Senate action on the Protect IP Act,” he said, “I am confident that flawed legislation will not be taken up by this House.”

If true, this is stunning news, but let’s not pop the champagne just yet. It’s important to note that “unless there is consensus on the bill” is incredibly vague and could conceivably mean anything. Further, Eric Cantor has yet to confirm this promise publicly — we only have Issa’s account of their conversation at this time. The Senate’s counterpart bill, PIPA, is also still in play, and as we saw with the battle over the deficit ceiling, there are apparently procedural tricks the Senate could employ to pass PIPA without having to reconcile with a House bill. However, such tricks would require the President to sign on, and since he’s signaled opposition to core components of both bills, it’s likely that if SOPA goes down, so too will PIPA.

Assuming Cantor confirms this decision, a major victory for an open Internet has been achieved. We will update this post as soon as Cantor publicly confirms his stance.

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6 Comments on SOPA Reportedly Wounded, Possibly Dead

Ron Whitaker

On January 16, 2012 at 11:21 am

Just remember that even though this is good news, it’s just postponed, not dead. It could still come back. Kind of like Duke Nukem Foever. Also, there’s still PIPA to worry about in the Senate.

Mortimer McMire

On January 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm

If it bleeds….we can kill it.

Seriously, SOPA is living on borrowed time, and PIPA is going to get killed as soon as SOPA dies.

jamescameron

On October 1, 2012 at 5:27 am

SOPA will hurt the efforts of many but in particular musicians like the ones on hype machine who are trying to make a name for themselves in this wonderful corner of the internet. I use hype machine daily in order to find new and exciting music from up and coming artists, and without this site… I dont know what I would do! as a writer for independent music, not only would SOPA hurt musicians, but me as well! people’s lives and livelihoods depend on the free/un-moderated use of the internet… SOPA!

Daniel Pitney

On October 1, 2012 at 5:53 am

It’s not ‘good news’ that SOPA is finding itself on the scrap heap, along with ACTA and every other one of these moronic attempts at censoring the internet out of a desperate, delusional line of “copyright theft” (which is itself a complete oxymoron). The only people who ever supported this were those who either had no concept of how the internet operates or who had major entertainment companies in their pockets. Every one of these bills will die because the overwhelming majority of internet users – at least those clued in on the nature of these bills and the ideology behind them – will not accept them. Even American and British politicians are, for the most part, not stupid enough to anger THAT many people. They can just about get away with a few hundred thousand protesters or a couple of million signing a petition, but opposition to these schemes is on a different stratosphere. That’s why I don’t consider it ‘good news’, not because it isn’t ‘good’ but because I considered it inevitable, the last bastions of common sense and integrity fighting through.

That said, you cannot let this sort of thing be forgotten. More acts will come, probably with some sugar-coating to make them look less hardline than this one while doing the same things. You mustn’t let them ‘compromise’ on something that is clearly inherently wrong to begin with. Keep exposing the lies and propaganda, keep fighting the corporate mentality at every step and keep advocating our freedoms. That goes for Gamefront and that goes for everybody reading this. Don’t let them even partially win on this because as soon as they get even a sniff of movement they’ll barge their way through the doors.

phillip

On October 10, 2012 at 4:05 am

That said, you cannot let this sort of thing be forgotten. More acts will come, probably with some sugar-coating to make them look less hardline than this one while doing the same things. You mustn’t let them ‘compromise’ on something that is clearly inherently wrong to begin with. Keep exposing the lies and propaganda, keep fighting the corporate mentality at every step and keep advocating our freedoms. That goes for Gamefront and that goes for everybody reading this. Don’t let them even partially win on this because as soon as they get even a sniff of movement they’ll barge their way through the doors.

David Williams

On October 17, 2012 at 9:48 am

I dont know what I would do! as a writer for independent music, not only would SOPA hurt musicians, but me as well! people’s lives and livelihoods depend on the free/un-moderated use of the internet… SOPA!