Just two days after the massive blackout protests all over the internet, the much lambasted SOPA anti-piracy bill has been withdrawn by its author, the Texas Congressman, Lamar Smith. The bill has now been “postponed” as it triggered fierce protests and blackouts from Internet sites. Lamar Smith said that he is pulling the bill “until there is wider agreement on a solution”.
Smith said in a statement:
“I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy. 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 products.”
According to reports, there was a huge turn over in the number of supporters of SOPA/PIPA over the last couple of days. Prior to Wednesday’s incident, SOPA/PIPA supporters outnumbered opponents 80 to 31, but within no more than 24 hours after the blackout the tables were turned in favor of the opponents and the opponents got a lead of 101 to 65.
Even with these numbers, there are still people who are very much in favor of the bill, media conglomerates like the MPAA spoke out about the piracy kings and how SOPA would respond to them without ‘harming the internet’. They also pointed out that these protests were an abuse of power and SOPA deserved to be encouraged.
However, with SOPA lost in the blackout or more precisely dead now, we can continue our activities and let’s leave this piracy problem in the hands of members of Congress.