Anti-Piracy Bills SOPA & PIPA have been shelved, for now

Lawmakers on Friday indefinitely postponed anti-piracy legislation that pits Hollywood against Silicon Valley, two days after major Internet companies staged an online protest by blacking out parts of prominent websites.This is a huge victory to everyone who uses the internet, whether it be surfing, blogging, or running your own business.

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid postponed a showdown vote in his chamber on the Protect Intellectual Property Act, or PIPA for short, that had been scheduled for January 24th. Lamar Smith, the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, followed suit, saying his panel would delay action on similar legislation called the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, until there is wider agreement on the legislation.  Continue reading “Anti-Piracy Bills SOPA & PIPA have been shelved, for now” Anti-Piracy Bills SOPA &#…

Wikipedia blacks out

Wikipedia goes black tonight to protest SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (PROTECT IP Act). Both are looking to be passed through Congress to give the government control of what we do on the internet, what websites we access, and who can view that access at any time.

The Stop Online Piracy Act, considered the broader of the two bills, will not be introduced in the House, according to a statement from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who has co-authored an alternative proposal to SOPA called the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act. “Majority Leader [Eric Cantor (R-Va.)] has assured me that we will continue to work to address outstanding concerns and work to build consensus prior to any anti-piracy legislation coming before the House for a vote,” Issa said in a news release.

View the Wikipedia statement regarding it’s blackout in 12 hours:  Continue reading “Wikipedia blacks out” Wikipedia blacks out