Intellectual Property

Bid Farewell to SOPA

The chief sponsor of SOPA, Lamar Smith (R-Texas), reported Friday that SOPA will be pulled “until there is wider agreement on a solution.” Smith said he has heard all the criticism andconcerns regarding the proposed anti-piracy legislation. He said “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.”

It’s not surprising that the bill was pulled Friday, following widespread Internet protests, White House opposition, and several key players in Congress dropping their support for SOPA and PIPA. Both bills have been pulled for now.

It’s interesting how quickly things change in Congress. Just two days ago, Smith told the Wall Street Journal that he would continue to stand behind SOPA and “move forward” with the bill.

For now, opponents of SOPA and PIPA are rejoicing the fact that both bills are dead.


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