SOPA Delayed; Cantor Promises It Won't Be Brought To The Floor Until 'Issues Are Addressed'

from the holding-fire dept

Some late breaking news here: following Lamar Smith's announcement that the new manager's amendment for SOPA will remove DNS blocking (to be added back at a later date after it's been "studied"), Rep. Issa has announced that he will now postpone the "nerd" hearing that he was holding in the House Oversight Committee, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday. The key reason? Majority Leader Eric Cantor has promised him that he will not bring the bill to the floor unless there's real consensus on the bill. That's big news -- though, as Issa notes in his statement, it's worrisome that Senator Reid still seems to want to move forward with PIPA:
"While I remain concerned about Senate action on the Protect IP Act, I am confident that flawed legislation will not be taken up by this House. Majority Leader Cantor has assured me that we will continue to work to address outstanding concerns and work to build consensus prior to any anti-piracy legislation coming before the House for a vote,” said Chairman Issa. “The voice of the Internet community has been heard. Much more education for Members of Congress about the workings of the Internet is essential if anti-piracy legislation is to be workable and achieve broad appeal.”

"Earlier tonight, Chairman Smith announced that he will remove the DNS blocking provision from his legislation. Although SOPA, despite the removal of this provision, is still a fundamentally flawed bill, I have decided that postponing the scheduled hearing on DNS blocking with technical experts is the best course of action at this time. Right now, the focus of protecting the Internet needs to be on the Senate where Majority Leader Reid has announced his intention to try to move similar legislation in less than two weeks."
Indeed. It is still important that Congress hears from "the nerds" and plenty of other experts concerning the implications of these attempts to regulate the internet, but if SOPA is not going to be rushed to the floor, such hearings and education can (and should) happen in due time, rather than rushing to get them in, just as Congress comes back into session. There are more important things for Congress to focus on.


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    Jay (profile), Jan 14th, 2012 @ 12:15am

    Two issues

    There are exactly two issues that concern me here.

    1) What Lamar Smith seems to be interested in is getting the tech industry onboard for this bill. This equates to finding a way to make them entirely agreeable to the idea that they need to pass something here or else he has to give the MPAA their money back.

    2) The public still hasn't been invited here. That's the entire problem. Has the KEI, PK, or CEA been contacted in regards to these issues? I'd love to see if Michael Petricone could possibly speak to some of these congresscritters and show the importance of fair use to them.

     

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    thecandybar, Jan 14th, 2012 @ 12:39am

    We Are the Nerds!

    And we are speaking out and telling congress that SOPA and PIPA are horrible! Why is Harry Reid rushing this?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 14th, 2012 @ 12:41am

    Re: We Are the Nerds!

    $$$

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 14th, 2012 @ 12:43am

    Re: Two issues

    That's exactly the problem I have with this, too. It's only a matter of time before they make it "worthwhile" for Google and the others, maybe by giving them some kind of exemption or something. And then what? Who will protect us in Congress?

    We need civil liberties organizations and other such organizations like EFF to defend us in Congress. Enough with this Corporation X vs Corporation Y BS. It's only a matter of time before neither side is on OUR side.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 14th, 2012 @ 1:03am

    Re: We Are the Nerds!

    If they don't get it now, they know they won't get it

     

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    anonymous, Jan 14th, 2012 @ 1:05am

    nothing less than delaying tactics. be prepared for these Bills to be snuck in with something else, just like what happens in the EU! (ACTA with fish quotas, i believe!)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 14th, 2012 @ 1:40am

    ???

    Why postpone the hearing with the nerds explaining the DNS thing?

     

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    Francois Demers, Jan 14th, 2012 @ 1:53am

    SOPA Delayed

    Firstly, the required disclaimer: I am a Canadian national residing in Ukraine. I am not a voter in any constituency of the United States of America.

    However, I have been following the debate about SOPA: I think it is somewhat transnational in scope and foreigners may have opinions that can usefully be shared with American citizens.

    Mr. Lamar Smith is sponsoring SOPA which he states to be intended to protect "one of the most profitable and productive industries in America". That is a laudable goal and I see no rational reason to object to protection of the American economy.

    Where SOPA is misguided is not in intent but the business model it intends to protect. New media and new uses for media have always created business turmoil that, among others, the music and film industry have been slow to embrace.

    "We are in the business of making and selling CDs and DVDs" is a very narrow perspective and it is doomed to fail: SOPA or not, new delivery systems will subvert and destroy it.

    "We are in the business of creating and dissemninating popular entertainment" is a better definition and one that comes with a built-in economic model: finance it with paid advertising.

    It worked for radio and television when the brontosaurs roamed the land.

    With the right strategic alliances with Big Data companies (Google comes to mind), the internet makes it possible to deliver exactly the right content to exactly the right person at exactly the right time. User profiling makes it possible to plug-in the most motivating advertising message and MEASURE the return on investment.

    Advertisers like this idea so much that they are becoming content creators and providers. See for example what fashion brand Burberry is doing on line with acoustic music and its vertical social network built around its iconic trench coat.

    But why are advertisers distracting themselves from their own missions to enter the branded content business while there is a superb pool of talent to do it for them in American the film and music industry?

    Left hand, meet right hand. Please talk to each other and everyone can forget SOPA.

    Yes dear end user: you are going to have to pay for it one way or another because it does not make itself. But wouldn't you rather get it for free with some ads, sponsorships and product placement thrown in there like your grandparents did? Is it not exactly what happens when you use Google or Facebook? Do you really mind that much?

     

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    Jim D (profile), Jan 14th, 2012 @ 5:31am

    Unfortunately, "Until Issues are Addressed" means "Until some of these nerds find something else to focus on and we can cram it through without notice"

     

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    gorehound (profile), Jan 14th, 2012 @ 5:55am

    They will still try and find a way to screw us all over.We really need to Vote out all of these asshole money taking corrupt people and Vote in only those who we feel strongly will not take the money and play the same old Washington Games.
    I HATE YOU GOVERNMENT !!!!
    What is the approval Rating now ? One Percent or something ?

     

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    abc gum, Jan 14th, 2012 @ 7:06am

    Breaking DNS is a big part of the issue and hopefully is removed completely, not just postponed, reworded and snuck back in at the last minute.

    They seem to have overlooked the equally bad lack of due process in these bills. Guilty until proven innocent is not the way it's supposed to work.

    Doublespeak and cognitive dissonance go together like peaches and cream.

     

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    LeadPoop, Jan 14th, 2012 @ 7:23am

    Re:

    From a CNN Article awhile back:

    "Polls show that me and apparently 91% of my fellow Americans have never been more frustrated with the dysfunctional nature of "our" Congress. Congress' approval rating has fallen to an abysmal 9% -- to put this in perspective, herpes is now slightly more popular than Congress. Bed bugs really can't be that far behind."

    Dean Obeidallah

     

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    Doug Lay, Jan 14th, 2012 @ 7:30am

    White House response to anti-PIPA/SOPA petitions

     

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    Dylan H, Jan 14th, 2012 @ 7:32am

    The White House sent out an e-mail about two hours ago firmly opposing any provision that "... [disrupts] the underlying architecture of the Internet." The paragraph explicitly singles out modified the DNS, arguing that it would drive people to use less secure Domain Name Systems and that it would harm the progress of DNSSEC.

     

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    Dylan H, Jan 14th, 2012 @ 7:34am

    Re:

    Doug Lay beat me to the punch. The DNS statement is in the 4th paragraph.

     

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    abc gum, Jan 14th, 2012 @ 7:39am

    Re: White House response to anti-PIPA/SOPA petitions

    Those are nice words, but actions speak louder.

     

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    Spaceman Spiff (profile), Jan 14th, 2012 @ 7:44am

    NEVER!

    These bills (SOPA/PIPA) should have never seen the light of day in the first place, and should NEVER get to the floor of the House/Senate for a vote! They should be renamed "Screw the US Constitution and Fuck all Citizens of the US Act". Sorry for the expletives, but sometimes one has to call a spade a spade...

     

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    Violated (profile), Jan 14th, 2012 @ 8:13am

    Plans

    I am not at all surprised that SOPA is being delayed when that was the plan since Xmas. The first thing they did when SOPA failed to pass before Xmas was to announce that they were pulling PIPA out of the Ice House.

    The key point is that if PIPA fails to pass then SOPA has no hope at all. These bills do need to pass both houses. Only if PIPA passes will they run with SOPA.

    We have yet to see them do their "magic trick" to make it appear like the public concerns have been addressed and all is now fine.

     

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    Violated (profile), Jan 14th, 2012 @ 8:33am

    Re: White House response to anti-PIPA/SOPA petitions

    I am not impressed in the slightest.

    Let us not forget that VP Joe Biden goes to bed with the MPAA & RIAA at night and he is solely responsible for ICE's domain seizure policy and much more. Worst so far is the US Government bullying Spain to implement their own SOPA-like law.

    DNSSEC has of course been a big problem when in an honest and secure system you can't have liars. Now they have come to release this fact DNS blocking is on the way out.

    Then "whoopee f'ing do" the Whitehouse tries to make out they disapprove of what is already being canned and they done this total BS by "listening to the people".

    If the Whitehouse really want to impress us then ICE should not be using super secret extension orders as part of an open and accountable administration. Also they should only be seizing domains following trial and conviction which is what we call "due process".

     

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    David Evans (profile), Jan 14th, 2012 @ 8:55am

    Re: SOPA Delayed

    Left Hand and Right Hand have met. Left Hand called Right Hand a competitor and tried to break his knuckles with a hammer. Right Hand continues to be a suck-up, but Leftie doesn't seem to be listening to anybody right now.

    Of course, the Other Other Hand is perfectly capable of making content on it's own. Granted, there are a lot of dick jokes involved, but we don't mind that too much. So really, Left Hand and Right Hand can both go fly kites and we'll all be just fine here.

     

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    DH's Love Child (profile), Jan 14th, 2012 @ 8:57am

    Re: Re: White House response to anti-PIPA/SOPA petitions

    Agreed. If this is like "the government will be more transparent", then we know how it will end up.

     

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    David Evans (profile), Jan 14th, 2012 @ 9:12am

    Re: White House response to anti-PIPA/SOPA petitions

    You know, I've seen politicians and media statements refer to "the very real threat of online piracy". I think maybe they know that an awfully large chunk of the public doesn't believe it.

    And actually, I think maybe that's the larger issue. Piracy isn't a 'very real' threat - it's an imaginary threat. It's a bogeyman.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 14th, 2012 @ 9:12am

    Re: SOPA Delayed

    I agree with your reasoning except that these companies are greedy bastards that want ALL OF THE ABOVE to maximize their profits from both models at all costs regardless of who else gets hurt in the process. This is why they largely ignore the fact that their profit margins have largely INCREASED contrary to the image of "lost jobs" that they are selling to the public. They want to do away with fair use because they don't directly make any money off of it. The MPAA and RIAA are also deathly afraid of the potential that personal computing technology and the Internet have on spelling their obsolescence. As they so successfully demonstrated in the original Napster days, their propensity for greed and arrogance by far outweighs their level of intelligence in these matters. It is my prediction that their continued vigilance on this path will ultimately lead more and more artists, businesses, and consumers to not do business with these abusive entities until they ultimately go the way of the dinosaurs.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 14th, 2012 @ 9:16am

    Re: Re: SOPA Delayed

    My reply was directed to the alternate advertising model suggested earlier.

     

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    btrussell (profile), Jan 14th, 2012 @ 10:51am

    Re: Re: White House response to anti-PIPA/SOPA petitions

    When you have "imaginary property" there can only ever be an "imaginary threat."

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), Jan 14th, 2012 @ 2:11pm

    Re: Re: SOPA Delayed

    "deathly afraid of the potential that personal computing technology and the Internet have on spelling their obsolescence"

    SOPA is designed to do multiple things. It is designed to force people to deal with the current monopoly players, to route out and remove any competition, and to allow them to be the only player in the game. The last one is the most important over time. We are nearing a time when every tablet will have video editing software built in. They will also come with altered reality software. At CES this year cell phones and tablets had this ability built in, to on the fly alter what was being seen on the screen.

    This leads to people being able to create live action or computer based sets, without the need for green screens or fancy and expensive post processing. You walk into a mall and want to do a movie about an empty mall and zombies. Push a button, the people are gone, and you can film your movie.

    Its the end of both RIAA and the MPAA because of this.

     

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    Gene Cavanaugh (profile), Jan 14th, 2012 @ 4:20pm

    SOPA and the House of Representatives

    "...such hearings and education can (and should) happen in due time, rather than rushing to get them in, just as Congress comes back into session. There are more important things for Congress to focus on."
    Not sure I agree; this is one of the most important (and potentially disastrous) matters facing Congress, IMHO.

     

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    Justin Olbrantz (Quantam), Jan 14th, 2012 @ 4:49pm

    Re: Two issues

    You're exactly right about #2. This is exactly what happened with the DMCA: the big tech companies managed to save their own skins with the safe harbor rules, but the people never really got any representation.

     

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    David Evans (profile), Jan 14th, 2012 @ 6:16pm

    Re: Re: Re: White House response to anti-PIPA/SOPA petitions

    Quite. Which would be why, when I try to explain copyright issues to friends and family, I tend to use the term 'legal fiction' a lot.

    I run into more agreement than I expect, actually.

     

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    Ron Paul, Jan 15th, 2012 @ 2:42am

    NDAA

    Remember Obama opposed parts of the NDAA before signing it too.

     

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    bjupton (profile), Jan 15th, 2012 @ 4:36pm

    Re:

    I'm hoping that more and more people are going to become more vigilant about this. I'm hearing from people who I never talked to about intellectual 'property' before, and they are becoming much more educated about this issues involved here.

    If only a fraction of those people become more active in watching for these things, then we're going to see a gain in attention.

    Of course, that's just my personal anecdote, but when people like the nurses I work with or my real estate agent brother, I'm getting the sense that we're getting somewhere.

     

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    bjupton (profile), Jan 15th, 2012 @ 4:40pm

    Re: NEVER!

    "They should be renamed "Screw the US Constitution and Fuck all Citizens of the US Act". "

    But then what would we call the patriot act, ndaa, fisa amendments.

     

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    abc gum, Jan 16th, 2012 @ 4:38am

    Re: NDAA

    IIRC, that bill was comprised of several parts, some addressed funding of immediate activity. If the prez had line item veto .... but that is just crazy talk.

     

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    another mike (profile), Jan 17th, 2012 @ 2:05pm

    Re: Re: We Are the Nerds!

    Sure they will. They'll just bring it back after the election when we can't threaten to vote them out of office. We should push for a vote to defeat this quickly.

     

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    Olivia Gonzalez Gomez, Jan 17th, 2012 @ 4:23pm

    Stop Internet Censorship by Protesting.

    Esto de acuerdo , en esa propuesta que hacen , sobre .la SOPA.
    Olivia Gonzalez Gomez

     

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    AscensionSocial, Jan 17th, 2012 @ 7:29pm

    The Fight Is NOT Over

    Make no mistake we still need to be pushing to have both of these bills and the others that dear Mr. Reid and friends will be sneaking by us. He tried to do it with immigration also to no avail! Don't let up pressure!

     

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