"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Friday, January 20, 2012

GOP chairman, Lamar Smith, shelves Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)

This is great news that both bills affecting the Internet have been shelved for the time being in both Houses of Congress but we cannot let our guard down as some sort of act is bound to rise out of the ashes.  Hollywood lost this round but I wouldn't count them and their donations to politicians out.

Great job by Americans to stand up and say no to Congress as they got the message which is even more amazing.  Power of the people won this time which should be a lesson to members of Congress that they work for us, the American people, not the donors.
GOP chairman shelves Stop Online Piracy Act
By Brendan Sasso - 01/20/12 10:20 AM ET 
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) announced on Friday that he will postpone consideration of his Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) until there is wider agreement on the controversial legislation. 
"I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy," Smith said. "It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products." 
Smith's announcement came just minutes after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced he would shelve the Senate's version of the anti-piracy legislation, the Protect IP Act.
The move is a stunning acknowledgment of failure for the powerful chairman. 
Smith was the author of SOPA and its most vocal proponent. He had repeatedly said the bill did not need to be changed and accused the critics of "spreading lies." 
But support for the bill collapsed after a massive Web protest on Wednesday. Major sites including Google and Wikipedia either shut down in protest or displayed messages opposing the legislation. 
Source:  The Hill 
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Keichi said...