Congress Drops SOPA and PIPA in Response to Public Outcry

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Screenshot of Wikipedia's SOPA protest on January 18, 2012. Image by VLN

Wikipedia also created a website blackout during the Wednesday, January 18 Internet-wide SOPA and PIPA protests. The combination of self-policing requirements, making every website responsible for ensuring that all content that appears on the site is free from copyright restrictions, and the fact that a complaint could result in the blackout of an entire domain, has put many website owners up in arms, and general public is not far behind. Go Daddy, for example, lost business due to an online boycott resulting from their support of SOPA.

Anti-Piracy Legislation Defenses

Not everyone believes that the proposed anti-piracy legislation is a bad thing, however. Many SOPA and PIPA supporters believe that the bills can be revised to accommodate the concerns of the Internet community. In a statement released today, after he postponed an upcoming vote on PPA, for example, Harry Reid said, “Counterfeiting and piracy cost the American economy billions of dollars and thousands of jobs each year, with the movie industry alone supporting over 2.2 million jobs. We must take action to stop these illegal practices.

Resources

Google. End Piracy, Not Liberty. (2012) Accessed January 20, 2012.

Molloy, T. Anti-Piracy Protest Fallout Mounts. The Wrap. Accessed January 20, 2012.

The Library Of Congress. Stop Online Piracy Act. H.R.3261. (2011). Accessed January 20, 2012.

112th Congress. S968: Protect IP Act. (2011). Accessed January 20, 2012.

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