Monday, January 16, 2012

Report: Congress May Suspend SOPA

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 1:49 PM

The Washington Post is reporting that key sponsors of the Stop Online Piracy Act, better known as SOPA, are "showing signs of walking away" from the controversial bill. Additionally, the Guardian reported that lawmakers are "planning to suspend SOPA" after the Obama administration released a statement addressing SOPA concerns.

According to the report:

"California congressman Darrell Issa, an opponent of SOPA, said he had been told by House majority leader Eric Cantor that there would be no vote 'unless there is consensus on the bill.'"

However, Wikipedia is still expected to commit to a 24-hour site shutdown this Wednesday, Jan. 18 in protest of the proposed bill. Mozilla, Reddit and other popular websites are planning similar online demonstrations.

Three top White House officials wrote a blog on Saturday, addressing SOPA:

“While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.”

The Obama administration's public statement caused media mogul Rupert Murdoch, a supporter of SOPA to lash out on Twitter:

“So Obama has thrown in his lot with Silicon Valley paymasters who threaten all software creators with piracy, plain thievery.”

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