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MPAA: SOPA will pass with strong bi-partisan support

Posted at 20 December 2011 13:00 CET by Justin_Massoud

Following the House Judiciary Committee’s decision last week to postpone a vote on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act until this Wednesday, the MPAA has already predicted a big win for copyright holders. One of SOPA’s chief proponents since it was introduced this fall, the trade group believes the bill will be passed “by a strong bi-partisan margin.”

“We applaud Chairman Lamar Smith, Ranking Member John Conyers and the members of the House Judiciary Committee for taking up and showing such strong bi-partisan support for legislation to curb online content theft and counterfeiting by foreign rogue websites, which are costing hundreds of thousands of American jobs and billions in lost wages and benefits,” said Michael O’Leary, senior executive vice president for global policy and external affairs, in a press statement (.pdf).

O’Leary’s wish for stronger governmental power over shutting down domestic and foreign “rogue sites” dealing in pirated and counterfeit content could be granted this Wednesday when the bill is called for a formal vote.

Last week, SOPA author Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) held a meeting to weigh new amendments to the bill. The debate carried on for nearly half a day before it was adjourned. The following morning the group reconvened for another round of back-and-forth.

Critics fear the legislation may have far-reaching negative effects on the Internet.

Google Copyright Counsel Katherine Oyama told House Judiciary members last month that SOPA is at odds with the DMCA. Cyber rights advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation argued that the proposal would place unfair pressure on legitimate sites to police its users. Others have simply dubbed it government-sanctioned censorship.

The MPAA also urged the Senate to reconsider SOPA’s big brother, the PROTECT IP act. That bill was placed on-hold in August by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), but faces reconsideration on January 24.

“It is critical that this legislation, along with the PROTECT IP Act, which was already approved unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee, move forward to preserve American jobs and help grow our economy,” said O’Leary. “Every day of delay means foreign criminal websites and companies profiting from these websites continue to reap financial gain at the expense of American jobs and Americans’ hard work, investment and ingenuity.”

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There are 7 comments

Kerry56
Administrator
Posted on: 21 Dec 11 18:06
    MPAA is blowing hot air. They know their best chance to get this through without major changes has slipped away. Their bought and paid for representative couldn't ram it past his fellow committee members fast enough. Now the internet corporations have weighed in against it and are building opposition.

    Some form of SOPA or the Senate's Protect IP act will probably pass next year, but lets hope it gets neutered enough that it doesn't cripple the internet, or free expression.
    tmc8080
    MyCE Resident
    Posted on: 24 Dec 11 16:14
      Eventually, so many of these copyrgiht laws are going to entangle one another cancelling each other out through some fancy lawyer dancing. If you really want to fix the copyright laws.. go back to the DMCA. That's the slippery slope from which permissions to censor the internet slip & slide into the lexicon of world law.
      tmc8080
      MyCE Resident
      Posted on: 24 Dec 11 21:16
        BTW,

        STOP SOPA - by Michael Mozart

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7DkrsCCQ_A
        tmc8080
        MyCE Resident
        Posted on: 24 Dec 11 21:16
          BTW,
          STOP SOPA - by Michael Mozart

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7DkrsCCQ_A
          Mr. Belvedere
          MyCE Resident
          Posted on: 25 Dec 11 20:45
            SOPA... SOPA Cabana

            SOPA will devide the internets... your isps will be torn... vpns will rise...
            hogger129
            MyCE Member
            Posted on: 27 Dec 11 16:01
              Quote:
              Originally Posted by Kerry56
              MPAA is blowing hot air. They know their best chance to get this through without major changes has slipped away. Their bought and paid for representative couldn't ram it past his fellow committee members fast enough. Now the internet corporations have weighed in against it and are building opposition.

              Some form of SOPA or the Senate's Protect IP act will probably pass next year, but lets hope it gets neutered enough that it doesn't cripple the internet, or free expression.
              +1
              coolcolors
              MyCE Resident
              Posted on: 27 Dec 11 16:50
                @ hogger129 they caused the messed they are trying to blame on others. Not until the music lobby machine industry comes to grip with a REALITY check they will never go anywhere the Internet and Piracy is here to stay regardless of what want one wants to have. They the lobbyist need to rethink their business model and give more control or all control to the Music Authors the real creators of the music to sell and distribute their music will they ever recover and learn a new TRICK...the Customers matter more then their fat EGO bank accounts...

                REMEMBER aka The MUSIC AUTHORS are the real creators not the music lobby machine industry....

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