After all the blackouts (protests) from sites like — Wikipedia,Google,WordPress… it seems to have affected congress, as they have dropped the bill indefinitely. Lamar Smith, The primary supporter of SOPA announced that the government is dropping the bill until the government “Decides on a solution”. Indicating that they are not entirely done, they just need to think of a solution that more people will approve of.
One of the supporters 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.” — They want to still proceed with fixing online piracy, but in a way that will not effect the people that use the internet daily.
“We need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products. “The problem of online piracy is too big to ignore. American intellectual property industries provide 19 million high-paying jobs and account for more than 60% of U.S. exports. The theft of America’s intellectual property costs the U.S. economy more than $100 billion annually and results in the loss of thousands of American jobs. Congress cannot stand by and do nothing while American innovators and job creators are under attack.”
“The online theft of American intellectual property is no different than the theft of products from a store. It is illegal and the law should be enforced both in the store and online.
“The Committee will continue work with copyright owners, Internet companies, financial institutions to develop proposals that combat online piracy and protect America’s intellectual property. We welcome input from all organizations and individuals who have an honest difference of opinion about how best to address this widespread problem. The Committee remains committed to finding a solution to the problem of online piracy that protects American intellectual property and innovation.”
To me after all that the supporters of SOPA said all of this, I’m thinking that even though the bill is ceased (temporarily), there will be something similar to SOPA to arise. They have said basically that they will not stop until the problem is solved. Whatever the solution, they know that if the people of the internet do not approve of their decision, then , the bill will make another strike, and congress will let the know that the people are upset.. and they cannot proceed.
Yes, The internet should not have any form of piracy, However they should not make it affect the sites that many people use, that are legitimate. Doing so, many cause another problem.