Internet, your blackouts and protesting have worked (for now). Senator Lamar Smith, the main proponent of SOPA says the House will be delaying legislation regarding the controversial bill that would destroy the Internet as we know it.
Smith's decision to postpone SOPA indefinitely is sure to make protesters very happy. SOPA, formally known as the "Stop Online Piracy Act" was dealt a major blow on Wednesday when scores of websites banded together to show politicians what the Internet would look like if it was censored.
The setback for SOPA comes after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid delayed the other bill that's been riling everybody: PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act).
Basically, the Internet would look very empty or as websites chose to display — filled with lots of black bars — everywhere, as SOPA would have given the Justice Department the power to demand websites any material that might be related to pirating/copyrighted content.
You can see a collection of sites that went black against SOPA in the LA Times' nice little gallery here.
"I have heard from the critics, and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy," Smith said in a statement. "It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products."
We're not out of the woods yet. The measure is still being worked on and will be amended in February (that's coming up real soon). But if we keep slamming those politicians who don't seem to understand how the Internet and its Web 2.0 sharing ways work, and the businesses it affects (like DVICE), things can turn ugly.
Via Washington Post