SOPA is on pretty much everyone’s tongue these days and with good reason. Love it or hate it, SOPA stands to change what we view as the internet if passed. Darell Issa, chair of the House Oversight Committee has announced that the Stop Online Piracy Act bill won’t be voted on yet.
Originally the bill was due for a January 18th voting but was cancelled following Lamar Smith’s decision to drop DNS-blocking provision.
“While I remain concerned about Senate action on the Protect IP Act,” Issa said, “I am confident that flawed legislation will not be taken up by this House. Majority Leader [Eric] Cantor has assured me that we will continue to work to address outstanding concerns and work to build consensus prior to any anti-piracy legislation coming before the House for a vote.”
Essentially DNS-blocking was one of the most controversial aspects of SOPA to begin with. In a nutshell with DNS-blocking taken out it would still be possible for someone to request revenue sources for a site to be cut off but it’s not possible to get a court order to block all access to that very same site within the US.
It’s a pretty sad state of affairs when being allowed to view something online is a considered a win by any stretch. This decision should be a clear statement to everyone that this bill, in its current form, is an infringement on constitutional rights and needs to go back to the drawing board.