When Congress announced in January that it was shelving the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) & its sister Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), many Americans breathed a sigh of relief. However, “shelving” an act only means they can bring it back whenever they choose to. And now it looks as if the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and unnamed forces in Silicon Valley are in secret talks to try to raise those acts from the dead.
Former Senator Chris Dodd, the present CEO of the MPAA, says he feels confident that the MPAA and Silicon Valley will come to some understanding between now and 2013. He also stated that both sides are talking to the government to come up with some type of deal that will resurrect SOPA-PIPA with the President’s help.
After Dodd made his statement, the MPAA released a statement today claiming there weren’t any secret talks going on to bring back the legislation. They went further to say that what Dodd meant was that all sides were working on new ways to solve copyright and intellectual property issues presented by the internet.
SOPA-PIPA would have stifled internet free speech and commerce with broad powers given to the DOJ and to private industries such as movie, publishing, and recording industries to effectively shut down websites accused of violations and/or any website hyperlinking to the accused website, all without due process.
It’s interesting how newsmakers of late make statements saying what they really mean, only to have those working with them behind the scenes later tell us “that’s not what they really meant. What they meant to say was …” as if they can fool all of the people all of the time.
Source: Steve Watson. SOPA Secret Plan Underway to Revive Internet Censorship Bill. Infowars.com. Friday, April 6, 2012.
–Harry A. Gaylord–