The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) War Continues


Lawmakers are reconsidering their support of the extremely controversial anti-piracy bills that has some websites closing down in protest.

The protest was in reaction to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill, a piece of planned legislation that is running its way through Congress. A Senate committee accepted a comparable bill in May called the Protect IP Act (PIPA), which is now awaiting approval before the full Senate.

The protests seem to be changing the minds of politicians, including those that had enthusiastically backed the bills in the past.

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt recently sent a Tweet to the world – “We can find a solution that will protect lawful content. But this bill is flawed & that’s why I’m withdrawing my support. #SOPA #PIPA,” and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who was originally a major supporter of SOPA has also been back-peddling from his initial view of the bill.

The bill’s supporters continue to discharge accusations of censorship, stating the legislation is meant to overhaul a broken system that doesn’t effectively prevent illegal activities. SOPA critics say the bill’s supporters don’t understand the Internet’s structure, and therefore don’t understand the implications of the legislation they are proposing.

The storm over SOPA and PIPA has twisted into an all-out battle between Hollywood and Silicon Valley. Media companies have united in support of the bills, while tech’s power troupes are throwing their might into opposing them.