Did the White House kill SOPA, or just wound the bill?

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The White House finally opposed SOPA (Stop Online Privacy Act), and it should die. But will it?

Saying SOPA is "shelved until consensus is found," is Washington-speak for dead this year. Also wounded and probably dead is PIPA, the Protect IP Act, a SOPA equivalent, in the Senate. However, no on in the Senate at this time has officially waved the white flag as they have in the House, so PIPA may try to move forward. Generally, when one side of a companion bill gets squashed, both House and Senate supporters give up, or at least withdraw to fight another day.

The outrage and outreach from the Internet community seems to have made the difference, and SOPA sponsor Congressman Lamar Smith started backing down on some of the site-blocking portions of the bill. SOPA corporate supporter Comcast rolled out a change in their domain name security last week that makes SOPA impossible to implement as written. But in Washington, bad bills have a habit of coming back when the mood swings even a little bit, or the campaign money keeps flowing.

SOPA II soon

Oh, you can bet they'll try again. And if we get Mitt and a Republican Congress, they won't let this turn into a long and drawn-out SOPA Opera - they'll get it passed PDQ!

c u n d gulag on washingtonmonthly.com

Google would say that, they are one of the biggest profiteers of pirated material.

PelouzeTF on thehill.com

I was fairly certain that what I was hearing was a tactical retreat, not a strategic surrender. Not by any means.

DanielBMarkham on news.ycombinator.com

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Convenient this happens right before a bunch of sites go dark in protest.

bane on news.ycombinator.com

Next time they will just bury the bill inside an omnibus spending bill, where if it isn't passed, the government runs out of money. Mark my words on that.

Scormus on washingtonmonthly.com

The solution is simple: Don't use created content without permission. If you need content, create your own. With SOPA, if you do create content, you'll have protection.

Lepantzeus on thehill.com

Isn't this the point where 'the people' should not sit on their laurels, and launch a proposal to make a law that does exactly the opposite: protecting the digital rights of citizens?

danieldk on news.ycombinator.com

Can we laugh yet?

Next time it will be called the Stop Al Qaeda's Global Terrorism Network Act.

AndThenThere'sThat on washingtonmonthly.com

The copyright mafia tried the exact same trick in the UK two years ago: a bill was pushed through Parliament on election year, when MPs had to make their funding rounds and so were more amenable to being bribed... and it passed.

toyg on news.ycombinator.com

Will SOPA be like Jason or Freddie Kruger in the movies, and rise from the dead again and again?

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