Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) under threat due to increasing protest by many websites

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 18) – The online anti-piracy bill moving through Congress is under threat due to increasing planned protest by numerous websites - including Google, Wikipedia, Reddit - against Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA); reported by CCN citing as saying a Senate Democratic aide.

SOPA and PIPA under threat due to increasing protest by many websites
The source further said it was still a bit early to predict exactly how the bill will tackled but recognized that because of protest from Internet core companies like Google and Wikipedia "the merits of the bill are getting lost" and "sand is shifting pretty quickly" against it. 

Before it looked like it would pass with 80 votes, and now [the online protest] looks like something that will suck the votes away," the aide said. "We're at a tipping point. It will either become a huge issue or die down a bit and that will determine the future of this."

Lamar Smith - Texas Republican Congressman and a frontrunner to move anti-piracy bill in the House - condemn efforts by those who oppose the bill and charge them to build up the internet blackout on Wednesday (Jan. 18).

Smith and allies, who support this bill, has already announced that they are open to make any changes to the proposed act to nullify the concerns of their opponents. He stressed that the House bill "only targets foreign websites that are primarily dedicated to illegal activity. It does not grant the Justice Department the authority to seek a court order to shut down any website operated in the U.S." 


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