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SOPA Has Been Postponed Indefinitely.

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Both the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) have been postponed indefinitely by Congress. Texas Congressman Lamar Smith who introduced SOPA, had the following to say:

“It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products,” Smith said in a statement.

Again, I know this is not Android-related, but it affects us all. No new date has been set for a vote on tweaked bills.

A massive +1 to every site that participated in Wednesday’s blackout and to each and every one of you that contacted your state’s representatives and helped spread the word.

Via:  Reuters

  • Anonymous

    I contacted my U.S. Senators and gave them my opinion. Sopa is not needed…we have the laws in place to stop pirating. 

  • Carlos

    POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

  • SniperDroid

    As long as there’s a Democrat in Congress, these two bills will be back! Different name, different form, but just like the Terminator “they’ll be BACK”!  The goal is not to stop online piracy, or copyright infringement. The goal is Power over the use of the Internet.  Power to tax it, regulate it, and control it!  They will not stop.  They didn’t stop with healthcare, they didn’t stop with the Patriot Act, and these will be back as well….

    • Anon

      Patriot act was put in place by a republican, and the healthcare system is so broken now any change is welcome, but the insurance companies did nice marketing to make people think it should stay the way it is.  That said, I agree these bills will reemerge, or be hidden in some other bill.  We need to stay on top and stay diligent to protect this sacred gift,

  • Majicmazo

    Just saying…would it really  be surprising if this is all just b.s and they are just saying its postponed in order to divert attention from it??? And then they will vote and pass it anyway. It has happened before and it could happen again.

  • Dshudson

    Tell this to Megaupload

  • http://www.AndroidAllies.com M from Android Allies

    I get my SOPA news from Droid-Life.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

    Megaupload get postponed?

  • Anonymous

    It will come back quicker than you can say ‘Jack Robinson’ as soon as Congress can figure out away to distract the American electorate’s attention while they shove it through Congress and over  to the President’s Desk (where it will likely be signed with a lot of a pomp and circumstance and doublespeak, seeing that Hollywood is pissed that the WH came out against it and therefore are making a lot of noise about not donating to Obama and the Dems).

    And in light of the Megaload takedown, Congress really needs to explain why we even need this legislation in the first place.

  • Senate9690

    This just means they will wait til we’re not paying attention and this time hide it from the media like they did with NDAA and they’ll pass

  • http://twitter.com/MrBouche MrBouche

    It is clear that Lamar and the bills supporters need to get their arses kicked out of office for willingly attempting to destroy the ‘net for us.

  • Anonymous

    So this means we are not going to do business with China anymore?  They are the #1 pirates in the world.  Everything we have they have it but in a different way. BS FU GOV

    • Anonymous

      our gov is just a bunch of idiots!

  • Anonymous

    HELL YEAH…see, this is what happens when everyone bands together to fight a mutual enemy…this is the outcome.

    YEAH, let’s celebrate like it’s 2011!!

  • gaming09

    holy shit…did we just win?

  • Lgreg64

    THANKS you need to report on things like this.

  • RaptorOO7

    This smells like a diversionary tactic.  They want the internet community to forget about it so they can try and cram it through when no one is looking, and likely a different name or as a rider on some other legislation.

    Its time legislation is written by those who know what they are talking about, and the “elected” officials are supposed to represent the American People, NOT CORPORATIONS.   The MPAA and RIAA has the ability to sue and follow due process, they just want the government to do it for them for free.

  • http://about.me/jim.kenefick JimK

    As I said on Twitter today: if the US government could shut down Megaupload AND get foreign “pirates” arrested under existing treaties, why the #@&K do they need SOPA and PIPA?

    Answer: They don’t.

    • Anonymous

      So this means we are not going to do business with China anymore?  They are the #1 pirates in the world.  Everything we have they have it but in a different way. BS FU GOV

    • Sam

      In the case of Megaupload, the government had to procure warrants, take its case before a grand jury, and so forth…which took over a year.

      SOPA and PIPA would have allowed the government (and possibly private entities) a means to bypass that due process.

      And for what it’s worth, there’s a reason that it was Megaupload and not Megaupload + Filesonic + Dropbox + Rapidshare etc. The rest of the sites aren’t nearly as stupidly flagrant about promoting piracy.

      • Anonymous

        Stupidly flagrant, like introducing a new Alpha program for artists to make money off their works, post links to legitimate places to buy the product, sign artists on for promotional works committed to better online distribution channels……oh that’s blatant alright.

        Megaupload was actually one of the more legal proactive members of that group you list. Rapidshare, Filesonic & Dropbox are not doing anything to promote legal ways to gain access to content. But Dropbox doesn’t really have to. They promote themselves as an individual storage locker, and just as your health club is not responsible for what YOU keep in your locker at the gym, dropbox shouldn’t be held liable for what people keep in their personal cloud accounts. 

        Filesonic and Rapidshare are both different, but Rapidshare has been found legitimate in both the US and EU on separate occasions, and by separate court systems, according to separate rules. So Rapidshare shouldn’t even be in this conversation.

        The claims against megaupload are pretty crazy. You should read some of the transcripts for this, there are things in there that have nothing to do with filesharing or copyright infringement, so I don’t know why it was all grouped together.

  • http://twitter.com/envoy510 Inky Reveal

    Don’t you believe it.  They’re regrouping, that’s all.  And, Chris Dodd, ex-congressman, who is the CEO of MPAA, will continue his work on the “problem” of piracy.

    • http://twitter.com/mikesaimname michael broder

      I had to deal with that bastard for years bein from Connecticut….yeah he is just a shill and a whore for whoever pays him…

      #liberalwhiteguilt

    • Anonymous

      I don’t care whether the idiots are regrouping or what have you, the American people won this day, and that’s all that matters currently.

      • jason6g

        i agree! shame that they will most likely have their day. wait patiently in the shadows for an opportunity to slide one by on everyone. shame there cant be some staged “online terrorism” that they can cite a need for spoa & pipa

    • Sam

      Chris Dodd was such a corrupt senator that I was elated when he retired…I thought he was done destroying America then. Turns out I was wrong.

  • J.Mark

    We won the battle, but the war will still go on.

  • http://twitter.com/brkshr Lawrence Brooksher

    I don’t believe it! It’ll be back in some form

    • Anonymous

      True, but for now, it’s gone, and that’s what matters.