The House Judiciary Committee has been meeting to debate amendments to the (SOPA) Stop Online Piracy Act
this week. The hearing took an interesting turn on Friday when it postponed the debate on the controversial act until Wednesday (Dec 21). The act has reached new heights as the public debate between players with deep pockets on both sides got intensified this week. There are entities on one side of the debate that heavily rely on copyright such as Disney, (MPAA) the Motion Picture Association of America and (RIAA) the Recording Industry Association of America. They favor the act by arguing that SOPA will prevent piracy and help them getting the revenue they are entitled to. Giant Internet companies such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter and eBay as well as Internet freedom organizations are on the opposing sides arguing against the law as they believe it threatens to destroy the Internet as we know it now. According to the Initial reports there is an indication that the voting on the measure would be pushed further to year 2012. If this bill is passed it would create a “blacklist” of websites that display pirated stuff or infringe on copyrights. It has been confirmed, however, by Rep. Darrell Issa via a tweet that debate vis-à-vis SOPA will continue on Dec. 21, just before lawmakers depart for holiday break. The bill was introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith on Oct. 26.
The House Judiciary Committee has been deciding in a heated two-day debate about H.R.3261 whether to pass the provision to the House floor or not. As mentioned above the debate predictably has pitted companies such as eBay, Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yahoo as well as Internet freedom organizations against copyright holders such as Disney, (MPAA) the Motion Picture Association of America and the (RIAA) Recording Industry Association of America. We have to wait and see how this debate unfolds in the coming days. Do visit us again on the latest updates on this bill as we will keep you posted on each and every update on this controversial bill. Until then tell us how you think this bill will going to affect you by using the comment area below 🙂