The internet anti-piracy bill is dwindling due to wednesday protests
The support for the Internet anti piracy bill is dwindling due to the massive protests on wednesday. lawmakers abandoned and rethought their backing for legislation that pitted new media interests against some of the most powerful old-line commercial interests in Washington. In reaction to the pending legislation, the online encyclopedia Wikipedia went dark. Google’s home page had a black banner across its logo that led to pointed information blasting the bills.
As a senator from Florida, a state with a large presence of artists, creators and businesses connected to the creation of intellectual property, I have a strong interest in stopping online piracy that costs Florida jobs, However, we must do this while simultaneously promoting an open, dynamic Internet environment that is ripe for innovation and promotes new technologies.”
– Senator Rubio
With major online protests from major online companies, the support of the bill has dwindled in the hearing and is expected to not be enacted. A newer more open bill is said to be under works.
While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet,”
-White House official said.
The Pirate Bay has broken its silence over the PIPA and SOPA anti-piracy bills as well.
Of course we’re worried. Not so much for The Pirate Bay, as there are many workarounds, but for democratic reasons. It’s crazy what politicians will do in the name of copyright! They are either totally paid off, stupid or copyright holders. Or all of them – that’s not as uncommon as you might think. The worst part is that it’s so obvious that pretty much everyone in and outside the US, including major corporations, are against this bill.”
-ThePirateBay – Spokesperson
Most of those protesting the bills believe that the US has too much power over the internet and that a bill passed in the US will have its effects outside its borders. They believe that the UN should protest this so that they can prevent the possibility for a single country to rule over the global infrastructure.