This is an update on SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). The Anti-SOPA support has grown to the point that President Obama has said that he would not support the bill as it currently stands.
While being fully aware that the President will veto anything that’s not more narrowly focused, the House will start looking at the issue again next month. You can expect to hear of more legislation to be crafted on the subject with more succinct wording.
It’s hardly surprising that Hollywood is up in arms and threatening to cut the money donations for the President’s re-election—Ah! The wonders of politics… I see that Senator Chris Dodd, of the housing bubble fame, has reinvented himself as head of the Motion Picture Association of American, which happens to be one of the bills largest sponsors.
Congressman Darrell Issa of California has been opposed to the bill from the beginning and praised the Internet action that was taken by major players blacking out their popular websites.
I mentioned before all this came out in my recent post about the Wikipedia blackout that this is a very complicated situation and I commented that the members of Congress had better know what they’re doing. To quote Congressman Issa, “Much more education for members of Congress about the workings of the Internet is essential if anti-piracy legislation is to be workable and achieve broad appeal.”