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SOPA Shelved – For Now

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America’s contentious SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) bill has been shelved until “greaterconsensus” on its scope can be reached.

Congress’ indefinitepostponementof SOPA comes hours after SOPA’s sponsor – Republican Lamar Smithagreed todrop the controversial ‘internet blocking’ provision from the bill, and aday after the White House drew a line in the ground over its position on the bill. The White House argued that it”would not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk or undermines the dynamic, innovative global internet”.

Which pretty much sums SOPA up in one sentence.

PIPA-d to the Post

The bad news is that whilst this battle may have been ‘won’ by the valiant voices of the internet theindustrylobbyists ‘war’ on the issue is far from over.A remodelled version of the SOPA bill could yet beresurrected, although Washington analysts believe that this is unlikely to happen this year.

Following the victory over SOPA – which at one time looked almost certain to sail through congress – doubts have been cast over whethertheassociated’PIPA (Protect IP Act)’ will manage to pass through vote.