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SOPA Is Back: Lamar Smith Says Markup To Resume In February

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SOPA Is Back: Lamar Smith Says Markup To Resume In February
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If you needed any more proof that SOPA isn’t really dead, just delayed, look no further.

Despite calls that SOPA, for all intents and purposes, had been killed in the House of Representatives, the truth was that the harmful legislation had simply been put on the backburner.

Just ask Lamar Smith, SOPA author:

Stop Online Piracy Act Markup to Resume in February

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today said that he expects the Committee to continue its markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act in February.

Chairman Smith: “To enact legislation that protects consumers, businesses and jobs from foreign thieves who steal America’s intellectual property, we will continue to bring together industry representatives and Members to find ways to combat online piracy.

“Due to the Republican and Democratic retreats taking place over the next two weeks, markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act is expected to resume in February.

“I am committed to continuing to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to send a bipartisan bill to the White House that saves American jobs and protects intellectual property.”

The language coming out of Eric Cantor’s camp last weekend that prompted the “SOPA is dead” cries made a point to say the SOPA could be resurrected when a consensus was reached.

This is indeed a timely release from the congressman’s office, as we find ourselves on the eve of the internet-wide SOPA blackout. Wikipedia, reddit, and other sites will go dark for 24 hours. Google has announced that they will put up a link on their homepage voicing their opposition to SOPA and PIPA.

SOPA Is Back: Lamar Smith Says Markup To Resume In February


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  • http://www.seo-theory.com/ Michael Martinez

    Meanwhile, all the things that anti-SOPA activists fear will continue to happen as they have been happening for over a year now, with the U.S. Government and other governments exercising all those terrible extraterritorial Website takedowns.

  • Green

    The image you choose for this story is perfect, and pretty much sums up my feelings about hearing this news. Terror.

  • http://www.jefferybeckham.com Jeff Beckham

    I think some form of protest needs to be done however I’m not sure how effective shutting down a national resource like WIkipedia will be. I do think it’s gusty and Jimmy Wells deserves props for leading the charge but there may be a better way to protest..

    • http://www.todayiread.com/ Ann-Kat (Today, I Read…)

      When I was younger, my father said to me, “If you can’t hear, you will feel.”

      Basically, if I kept on doing what I was doing disregarding what he’d told me, I’d probably end up in some sort of pain.

      The same holds true in such a situation. Americans probably won’t do much (or even *know* about the situation) without sites like Wikipedia making them feel it.

      If Americans find it difficult to deal without Wikipedia for a day, imagine dealing without Wikipedia for an indefinite amount of time. Essentially, that’s what these bills would allow to happen should anyone decide they were aiding pirates.

      This way, people will get informed and do something about it.

      The only way this would have been a bad protest is if Wikipedia had not explained the why they were doing it and the how to take action. So, offhand, I can’t think of a “better” way they could have protested.

  • ALEXANDRE

    seu grande filho da puta! morra no inferno!

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