Internet wins? SOPA put on hold

Maybe even for just a while, the internet could rest knowing that both PIPA and SOPA were put on hold.

Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that he will be delaying the vote on Protect IP Act. After a few hours, Lamar Smith (R-TX) also said he will delay the vote on SOPA.

Lamar Smith issued this official statement, read below.

Statement from Chairman Smith on Senate Delay of Vote on PROTECT IP Act

Washington, D.C. — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today issued the following statement in response to the Senate decision to postpone consideration of legislation to help combat online piracy.

Chairman Smith: “I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy. 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.

“The problem of online piracy is too big to ignore. American intellectual property industries provide 19 million high-paying jobs and account for more than 60 percent of U.S. exports. The theft of America’s intellectual property costs the U.S. economy more than $100 billion annually and results in the loss of thousands of American jobs. Congress cannot stand by and do nothing while American innovators and job creators are under attack.

“The online theft of American intellectual property is no different than the theft of products from a store. It is illegal and the law should be enforced both in the store and online.

“The Committee will continue work with copyright owners, Internet companies, financial institutions to develop proposals that combat online piracy and protect America’s intellectual property. We welcome input from all organizations and individuals who have an honest difference of opinion about how best to address this widespread problem. The Committee remains committed to finding a solution to the problem of online piracy that protects American intellectual property and innovation.”

The House Judiciary Committee will postpone consideration of the legislation until there is wider agreement on a solution.

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13 Responses

  1. Steel Steel says:

    If you cant afford photoshop and you dl it from a torrent or ddl your a thief and costing US copywrite/licensors money.
    In reality if 100 million poor people
    illegaly dl anything chances are 99,999,99 million of those people couldnt afford ligit copies anyway so wheres the imagined cash value vs actual revenue?

  2. Xiga Xiga says:

    http://www.sopastrike.com/numbers

    That is just a piece of what happened behind the scenes. Other organizations took part of the protests aswell.

  3. Kamil Kamil says:

    $100 billion? Total asspull, it is impossible to calculate the loss because many who pirate wouldn’t have gotten the product otherwise, for reasons like Steel said.

    It’s a non-zero value of loss, but most likely not even close to $100 billion.

  4. Kruptos Kruptos says:

    What the hell are a bunch of worthless old people still doing in government? They outlived their usefulness a long time ago. This is going to make people hate the American government even more.

  5. Kimiko Kimiko says:

    I honestly am currently appalled at my government. I think I might move to Canada or New Zealand once I finish school. The world is getting ridiculous. |:

    Also, election year. SOPA/PIPA won’t be back til 2013 at least.

  6. the biggest problem is the costs of product. 1 billion people who doesnt buy due to costs may buy if they drive the prices for example 400 to 10 they could earn by mass product sale also they will incur cost. i think then the sopa makes some sense. i do feel that developers hardwork needs rewarded

  7. keymaster says:

    No offences, but do america on think about themselves? Americans here, americans there…gosh~

  8. They should just act on their own accord without using SOPA and PIPA like how they handled MU.

    Joking aside, the Americans just need some Nadeko’s version of Twister to decide the votes for SOPA and PIPA. I’m quite disappointed that those years of upload in megaupload, although some files are in the hard drives stored properly, with FBI shutting down MU.

  9. Overlord-G Overlord-G says:

    Well, hopefully after most voters learned that supporting SOPA/PIPA means less votes for them, this will help weaken their raid against us.

    However, we must now focus our attention on a 3rd threat that has been active for quite a while but has used this moment to strike, ACTA.

  10. ACTA is a bigger problem to worry about, if you ask me. I hope people act now before any media outlet mentions it. SOPA might have been dealt with earlier if people took action in informing others since the media doesn’t say anything until much later when things come to actual fruition.