Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Jan 2012 19:33 UTC
Internet & Networking Big news from Capitol Hill in Washington DC today: House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa has said that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has been "shelved" in the House of Representatives, meaning it has been put on indefinite hold until a consensus about the act can be reached. Sadly, SOPA's counterpart in the Senate, the Protect IP Act (PIPA) will still be pushed forward, meaning we must remain vigilant. Despite all of this, Wikipedia has announced it will join the blackout coming Wednesday.
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by Shkaba on Mon 16th Jan 2012 23:06 UTC
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lucas_maximus, stop whinning will you! It is getting old, man. I have had many heated exchanges with thom and never got banned. Granted few of my comments were removed but that was due to, uhm, colourful (?) language used by me. And I still don't agree with many points that Thom tries to make, but on this one he is spot on. White House statement had nothing to do with shelving of the bill. It CAN NOT. That statement was just a result of increased negative popularity. In other words, SOPA was well on its way to meet the shelf when the statement was released. That is how it is done in politics. When you are faced with the prospect of eroding support for a bill sponsored by one or few of your supporters, you make a statement in which you use a lot of words without saying anything. This way you are hinting that a slightly modified bill might pass and you wouldn't hesitate to support it.

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