There seems to be a growing consensus that the SOPA and PIPA may be DOA. That’s OK by us.
The recent Internet-led protest movement against the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act clearly has had a profound effect on support for these chilling pieces of legislation. What’s astonishing is that the protests appear to have caught Washington by surprise. According to a report in PC World, neither supporters nor opponents of the bills “anticipated the response by Internet users.” Likewise, the rallying effect of protests led by Wikipedia, Google and other companies stunned the nation’s lawmakers.
Sadly, it is clear that Washington remains firmly entrenched in the 20th century
If you’re feeling withdrawal symptoms from reduced doses of Occupy Wall Street rabble-rousing (we hear they’re just hibernating), the success of last week’s SOPA blackout ought to cheer you up.
We can add Craigslist to the growing roster of popular websites that have come out against the Stop Online Piracy and Protect IP Acts. The online community/seedy Wal Mart of classified ads giant emphatically states “SOPA and PIPA are too dangerous to revise” and “must be killed entirely.” Why?
In a blog post published Friday the Obama Administration signaled measured opposition to both the House-sponsored Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its kissing cousin in the Senate, the Protect IP Act of 2011 (PIPA). With fairly clear language (for government officials), impossibly-titled administration officials Victoria Espinel, Aneesh Chopra and Howard Schmidt authored the response to two petitions directed at the legislation, stating: