Public Outcry Over SOPA and PIPA Causes Congress to Reconsider Some Parts
It looks like the voice of the people is being heard after all, as Congress is now reconsidering some parts of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA). Facing some incredible public outcry over SOPA and PIPA, Congress is looking over the two bills and removing some provisions of both. The DNS-blocking provisions have been removed from both bills, with Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont removing it from PIPA and Senator Lamar Smith from SOPA. Senator Smith said the DNS provisions will be looked at by the Committee to "further examine the issues" surrounding it. Several GOP senators that served on the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to postpone PIPA so they can look at the DNS provisions.
The Judiciary Committee said, "we have increasingly heard from a large number of constituents and other stakeholders with vocal concerns about possible unintended consequences of the proposed legislation, including breaches in cybersecurity, damaging the integrity of the Internet, costly and burdensome litigation, and dilution of First Amendment rights." This is a huge step in the right direction for SOPA and PIPA, however it is also small because there are other provisions that need to be removed as well. Congress is finally realizing just how poor their stance on piracy is and how much damage they could do to the Internet if SOPA and PIPA pass. The U.S. Congress is voted on by the public, and when enough of their constituents speak out, they do listen.