Here we go again.
Last Friday SOPA was delayed until the various stakeholders reach “consensus.”
Some declared SOPA dead as a result, but just a few days later House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith announced that the SOPA markup is expected to continue next month.
That announcement was made a day before the major blackout protests on Wednesday, and as a result of this uproar SOPA has been put on hold for the second time in a week.
“I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy,” Lamar 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.””
SOPA will now be delayed until “there is wider agreement on a solution.”
Earlier today PIPA was postponed as well, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if both bills will be back in a few days.
Demand Progress Executive Director David Segal nevertheless declared victory.
“Today Internet users around the world have reason to celebrate. The battle over PIPA and SOPA will go down in history as a turning point in the battle to keep the Internet free from undue corporate and government control. But mark my words — this is just the beginning.”
“We can never allow dangerous legislation like PIPA and SOPA to move forward in any form: After the year of back-room deals that led to the drafting and near-passage of these bills, nothing less than complete transparency throughout any legislative process — with the input of Internet users — will be acceptable.”