So the protests have worked. After Wikipedia, Google blackout, Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the much maligned antipiracy bill has finally been shelved
The blackout of many leading websites including Wikipedia seems to have worked. The controversial anti-piracy act has been thrown into dustbin. Though it is still not sure that the backers of the bill will bring it in a new form in the coming days, nonetheless, for the time being the issue seems to have been resolved as per the wishes of the blackout campaign.
Even before the blackout dozens of the Congress members had distanced themselves in the eye of the unprecedented pressure that the new age media and common people put on them. Even the organizers of the protests hadnâ€™t anticipated such a rousing response from common people and the industry.
Harry Reid who is the Senate Majority Leader said that he was cancelling a vote on the issue and suggested that the fate of the proposed draconian legislation was sealed. Judiciary Committee of the House also didnâ€™t show any interest in taking up the legislation for discussion.
People have been voicing their opposition to the bill that would have put the whole internet start up and online based news organization on the line of fire from others who might have attacked them on frivolous copyright and piracy issues. A reader has this to say, â€œI look at the issues which our country faces today and wonder what could possibly be so important about these bills to warrant their consideration over much more important and immediate legislative concerns? People are starving, unemployed, losing their homes, and unable to afford medications. Our infrastructure is falling apart. Global warming, and the development and implementation of alternative fuels and energy supplies loom large as major national security threats. Maintaining fresh water supplies, affordable food, and even the radiation hardening of our electrical grids, so that we canâ€™t be sent to the stone age by a nation capable of creating an EMP (or a natural occurrence like a severe solar flare) would be a very good set of starting points to secure our nationâ€™s future. Donâ€™t you consider those issues to be a bit more important than ensuring that millionaires in Hollywood squeeze every red cent out of the public so that they can have a few dollars more, at the expense of freedom of speech?â€
The blackout put pressure on the people who were backing the bill by showing that much of the nation was against it, paid off and the main backer of the bill Sen. Harry Reid said that he was no more interested in taking the bill forward.
Lamar Smith, another backer of the controversial bill too developed cold feet and didnâ€™t insist on taking it forward. â€œI have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracyâ€¦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 productsâ€, he said.