SOPA and PIPA bills postponed after web blackout
As we reported last week, many of the internet’s biggest websites, including Wikipedia, Reddit, Google and thousands of other smaller sites protested against the proposed anti piracy bills SOPA and PIPA in some way, whether it be a complete blackout or simply a call-to-action message about the controversial proposed bills.
The protests have seemingly had some effect, with over 13 million Americans taking “some sort of action” against the bills causing the vote to be postponed- for now.
The battle now switches to suggesting a suitable replacement for the SOPA/PIPA bills as it’s unlikely that the sponsors of the bills have given up completely on protecting their intellectual property and rightly so.
Web activists and tech companies are attempting to get Congress to support a recent bill instead, the Online Protection & Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN) proposed by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), which already counts companies such as Google and Facebook amongst its supporters. The new act would treat IP theft as a trade issue, combatting it via the International Trade Commission rather than swinging the ban hammer at a variety of infringing sites as IP owners see fit.
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