Over the past couple of days people have been breathing a sigh of relief at the news that SOPA had been shelved. Unfortunately, this is not the case as Lamar Smith, who is the House Judiciary Committee Chairman, today announced that he is commited to continuing his work with his colleagues in the House and Senate in sending a bipartisan bill to the White House that will save American jobs and protects intellectual property. We all know that this bill will not work and will instead be very damaging, but you have to remember that you are dealing with senators (most) that have no idea at all about the modern tech world, but are instead getting all their information from the lobbyists. Reminds me of Grima Wormtongue in LotR.
Stop Online Piracy Act Markup to Resume in February
Washington, D.C. — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today said that he expects the Committee to continue its markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act in February.
Chairman Smith: “To enact legislation that protects consumers, businesses and jobs from foreign thieves who steal America’s intellectual property, we will continue to bring together industry representatives and Members to find ways to combat online piracy.
“Due to the Republican and Democratic retreats taking place over the next two weeks, markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act is expected to resume in February.
“I am committed to continuing to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to send a bipartisan bill to the White House that saves American jobs and protects intellectual property.”
Let’s be honest here, did anyone really believe that this would actually be shelved? No. The film, music and TV industries spent more than $91m in 2011 lobbying corrupt and greedy politicians to get this pushed through and they aren’t about to give up so easily. You may be forgiven to think that the statement released by the White House on the subject was a massive score for opponents to the bill, but it was merely a temporary piece of appeasement to calm the already furious tech world.
I do hope that I am wrong on that, but remember it’s an election year and the politicians need to get their campaign funds from somewhere, and the corporations have very deep pockets, and controlling the internet is something they have longed for for a very long time……even if they don’t understand it.