SOPA Markup will Continue in February
It looked like the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was dealt a blow this weekend when the White House stepped in. Some may have thought the delay due to some concerns with SOPA meant the bill was gone for good, but that is not the case. House Judiciary Committee Chair Lamar Smith, the author of the bill, said markup for SOPA will continue in February, which is not all that long of a delay. Both the Democrats and Republicans have retreats coming up over the next two weeks, and once all the members return, markups will resume in February. Hopefully when everybody gets back to work, SOPA will look pretty different from how it first was, but we just have to see what Congress and the White House decide upon. Chairman Smith is still committed to combating online piracy and saving "American jobs," so let us hope something different than SOPA's past form surfaces next month.