Well it looks like these bills were taken off for voting by both the house and senate…but they’re not dead. The MPAA, who funded this bill from the start was shocked that people could actually oppose a bill that would break the internet and allow the MPAA to sue everyone for just about any kind of possible copyright infringement. Under SOPA’s original wording, you could get 5 years for uploading a Michael Jackson song to a website (or singing to it on youtube)…which is a year longer than his killer received for his sentence.
Now these bills might be defeated for now, but give the MPAA time and you’ll see them try this again. Don’t get me wrong, there should be legislation that controls and defeats piracy…but not one that aims to break the internet with lawsuits. The Open Act seems to be the way to go in my opinion…because of things like section 8, clause C which sets the sites that can be affected by the law as sites dedicated to infringing copyright (pirate objects sites)…not places like youtube, deviantart and many others.
Now to make some other folks happy, here’s a printer I have on sale for $299 that’ll help save you up to $1000 a year on ink compared to other similar models. 🙂