The latest news is that, Lamar Smith, the chief sponsor and the man behind SOPA, Stop Online Piracy Act, has pulled down the bill, that has been under consideration in the U.S. Congress for the past one week. Smith says that, he agrees with the critics out there, who argue that, the bill must take a better approach to ensure that the foreign thieves are caught for their online piracy act.
The SOPA and PIPA bills, as most of the guys out there know, are the two anti piracy bills in America that are about to be enabled. Enabling those bills would result in the censoring of the web, which in turn will prove to be harmful for all those businesses based in the U.S. The government is planning to pass the bills, as it believes that content thieves are stealing content and products of America.
While Wikipedia, Reddit blacked out the entire site, Google blacked out it’s logo in the U.S. version of the search site. And other tech giants, used their own ways to protest against this harmful bill. While the tech giants fought, billions and billions of people joined them in the protest. Even us, at Axleration, proved our protest against SOPA by blacking out our logo. Check out the top left section.
In a statement released by Lamar Smith,
I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy. 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.
“The problem of online piracy is too big to ignore. American intellectual property industries provide 19 million high-paying jobs and account for more than 60 percent of U.S. exports. The theft of America’s intellectual property costs the U.S. economy more than $100 billion annually and results in the loss of thousands of American jobs. Congress cannot stand by and do nothing while American innovators and job creators are under attack.
“The online theft of American intellectual property is no different than the theft of products from a store. It is illegal and the law should be enforced both in the store and online.
“The Committee will continue work with copyright owners, Internet companies, financial institutions to develop proposals that combat online piracy and protect America’s intellectual property. We welcome input from all organizations and individuals who have an honest difference of opinion about how best to address this widespread problem. The Committee remains committed to finding a solution to the problem of online piracy that protects American intellectual property and innovation.
This means that the SOPA has disappeared just for now. There might be chances of it’s reappearance, which anyone in this world would hate. Until there is a wider agreement on this bill, it is sure to stay off the consideration. Until then, it’s all in good hands. Hope all is well.