Of course it’s not dead, they won’t stop until they’ve pushed the public too far and Tyler Durden becomes a real person. It makes me wonder if the public outcry had been expected, and now that everyone feels grand for winning the First Internet War they can slide their new policies right under the hype of victory. The number of notes in this post is a clear example of that.
i nominate myself for losing it and developing a split personality
A few days ago the news broke that the pending Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was put on hold until consensus was reached.
Although the announcement was rather vague, some news sites and blogs declared SOPA dead, or “shelved,” or erased from history.
Wishful thinking, because today SOPA is back in full force.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith just announced that the SOPA markup is expected to continue next month.
“To enact legislation that protects consumers, businesses and jobs from foreign thieves who steal America’s intellectual property, we will continue to bring together industry representatives and Members to find ways to combat online piracy,” Chairman Smith said.
“Due to the Republican and Democratic retreats taking place over the next two weeks, markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act is expected to resume in February.
“I am committed to continuing to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to send a bipartisan bill to the White House that saves American jobs and protects intellectual property.”
It’s not over yet. #SOPA and #PIPA are one thing. The international version is #ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. The agreement has been signed, while existing mostly in secret, by most of the world, with notable exceptions including the EU.
The act is an attempt to create international standards for intellectual property rights enforcement.
And that was just the Industry Trade Advisory Committee On Intellectual Property Rights that was involved. There are three other other committees, totaling 93 other members of the business elite who have access to the “classified” details of the act we as citizens are not allowed to see, for our own security.