Big media isn’t used to losing a fight, but then again this is the Internet we are talking about here. The much despised SOPA censorship bill introduced by Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith seems to have completely stalled, which according to The Hill is due to a lack of consensus. If you are one of the countless thousands who called your local officials to lodge complaints, sent old fashioned mail, or even just complained in online forums give yourself a pat on the back, somebody heard you.
Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa was promised by Majority Leader Eric Cantor that the house won’t hold a vote unless a consensus on the bill is reached, which at this point is looking all but impossible. According to Issa, “While I remain concerned about Senate action on the Protect IP Act, I am confident that flawed legislation will not be taken up by this House. Majority Leader Cantor has assured me that we will continue to work to address outstanding concerns and work to build consensus prior to any anti-piracy legislation coming before the House for a vote”.
Today is a great day for the open Internet, but don’t let your guard down just yet. The PROTECT IP and ACTA looks every bit as horrible as SOPA, and is still being pushed hard by lobbyists.