Sopa and Pipa: they’ll be back

Bill McGeveran writes: At the end of a Hollywood blockbuster, when the vanquished villain declares that he should have won and that we haven’t seen the last of him, we all know what it means: the sequel is coming.

So, Hollywood’s top lobbyist, former Senator Chris Dodd, followed a familiar script last week after sweeping online protests derailed the Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) and Protect IP Act (Pipa), a pair of legislative proposals backed by movie and music distributors. Dodd snarled that his opponents had misled the public and vowed to continue pressing for new laws to combat unauthorized copying of intellectual property. Coming soon to a congressional hearing room near you, it’s Sopa II: Revenge of the Content Industries.

While the US Senate and House of Representatives deferred immediate action on the bills, few doubt that Congress will debate some form of legislation aimed at overseas web sites engaged in intellectual property (IP) infringement, probably later this year. Even Dodd’s enemies acknowledge that these sites pose a problem, though many question industry estimates about its scope.

Those of us who opposed the excesses of Sopa and Pipa need to prepare for the next round. Sponsors have already abandoned the bills’ most objectionable feature, which interfered with the domain name addressing system in an attempt to cut off access to “pirate” sites – a measure critics charged would “break the internet”. At a minimum, Congress must address three other problems as well.

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2 thoughts on “Sopa and Pipa: they’ll be back

  1. Norman

    I could be wrong here, but didn’t the “O” sign some bill or accord that is basically what the government wants, which is censorship of the internet? Isn’t this the year that there just might be a revolution right here in river city, or perhaps a Military Coup? Chaos will be the result. The Government has tipped its hand, the people wont sit still, the government should keep in mind that the population is armed to the teeth, that there are millions of veterans that will not sit still for the present course of events taking place today. To believe that everyone is sitting on their collective asses, belies the stupidity of those who think they are in charge. This is only temporary, as the fairy dust that the “O” sprinkles isn’t going to protect anyone from the action that’s simmering just below the surface, like the shadow leaders, there is movement ongoing that is too late to buy off. The internet as is today, isn’t the only way to coordinate, nor are the means to do so impossible. Let’s just hope the fools up stairs realize that their plans are pure folly, that they will fail, only quicker than any other before them.

  2. DE Teodoru

    It has been pointed out to me that all Jews in House and Senate voted for Sopa and Pipa. Is that true?

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