SOPA + PIPA: "Stopped" Now. What's Next?

January 24, 2012

The Internet community's rallying cry has been heard by the United States Congress and Senate. Last week, we reported that SOPA was temporarily being put on the shelf, but now Congressman Lamar Smith has pulled the bill altogether, stating that "until there is wider agreement on a solution," the bill will not be reintroduced.

On the Protect IP Act (PIPA) front, Senator Harry Reid also announced late last week that he's postponed the schedule vote on the legislation that was originally slated for today. In a statement released on Friday, Senator Reid went on to say:

"There is no reason that the legitimate issues raised by many about this bill cannot be resolved. Counterfeiting and piracy cost the American economy billions of dollars and thousands of jobs each year, with the movie industry alone supporting over 2.2 million jobs. We must take action to stop these illegal practices. We live in a country where people rightfully expect to be fairly compensated for a day’s work, whether that person is a miner in the high desert of Nevada, an independent band in New York City, or a union worker on the back lots of a California movie studio."

As a hosting provider, we wholeheartedly agree that counterfeiting and piracy are a primary focus, and our opposition to the bills drafted to protect copyright holders and intellectual property owners is in response to the verbiage in the legislation and the potential dangers in the proposed means of enforcement. Having SOPA pulled and PIPA put on the shelf is an important step, but it's not exactly a time to celebrate. The Internet community needs to remain vigilant and engaged with Congress to help create legislation that reinforces the freedom of the Internet and protects the rights of intellectual property owners.

These bills have not been forgotten by the members who introduced them for consideration and vote, and they will likely evolve into new proposals with the same intent.

Our legal team and management team will maintain our steadfast opposition to these two bills in their current form, and as similar legislation is proposed, we will fill you in on what's being considered. In the meantime, take a few minutes to visit http://savehosting.org/ and TechAmerica to learn more about what our industry is concerned about.

-@toddmitchell

Comments

January 26th, 2012 at 12:34am

I love that wonderfully vague line about the movie industry "supporting" 2.2 million jobs. Walmart directly employs 2.1 million people - but we're not planning to abandon the First and Fifth Amendments to keep Walmart happy.

Thank you - and keep up the fight!

January 27th, 2012 at 11:46am

Government dont care. They got paid by lobbyists, like, paid alot. Thats what they care about, money. They are bought. And since hollywood has alot of money, thats what they're listening too. Except, until they found out the people dont really like this monopoly bill they want to use to control the internet with

January 30th, 2012 at 11:41am

What's next? ACTA is next...

So much for our efforts. Apparently the White House thinks SOPA and PIPA were a good idea and the President just signed the ACTA treaty, which is a more harsh and vague global SOPA/PIPA initiative. All that effort down the drain because the President doesn't listen to the people. Ridiculous!

January 31st, 2012 at 7:02am

Personally, I feel it is time for the wider internet community to be proactive.

Why don't we in conjunction with the legal teams of professional internet businesses (such as Softlayer) fashion a proposed bill that would ensure our freedoms while protecting the intellectual property of content producers?

Food for thought!

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January 26th, 2012 at 12:34am

I love that wonderfully vague line about the movie industry "supporting" 2.2 million jobs. Walmart directly employs 2.1 million people - but we're not planning to abandon the First and Fifth Amendments to keep Walmart happy.

Thank you - and keep up the fight!

January 27th, 2012 at 11:46am

Government dont care. They got paid by lobbyists, like, paid alot. Thats what they care about, money. They are bought. And since hollywood has alot of money, thats what they're listening too. Except, until they found out the people dont really like this monopoly bill they want to use to control the internet with

January 30th, 2012 at 11:41am

What's next? ACTA is next...

So much for our efforts. Apparently the White House thinks SOPA and PIPA were a good idea and the President just signed the ACTA treaty, which is a more harsh and vague global SOPA/PIPA initiative. All that effort down the drain because the President doesn't listen to the people. Ridiculous!

January 31st, 2012 at 7:02am

Personally, I feel it is time for the wider internet community to be proactive.

Why don't we in conjunction with the legal teams of professional internet businesses (such as Softlayer) fashion a proposed bill that would ensure our freedoms while protecting the intellectual property of content producers?

Food for thought!

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