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Senate leader sidelines the PROTECT IP Act, for now…

Posted at 20 January 2012 19:55 CEST by etdragon

It seems that Tuesday’s Internet blackout in protest of both the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) had a significant impact. Harry Reid, Senate leader, has opted to postpone the vote on PIPA, looking to find a compromise between all involved parties before proceeding with the legislation.

Reid issued an official statement about the postponement of the PIPA vote. In that statement he again discusses the impact of piracy on jobs and the American economy. He does acknowledge that the issues raised about the bill could be worked out. The statement posted on Senate.gov read,

“There is no reason that the legitimate issues raised by many about this bill cannot be resolved. Counterfeiting and piracy cost the American economy billions of dollars and thousands of jobs each year, with the movie industry alone supporting over 2.2 million jobs. We must take action to stop these illegal practices. We live in a country where people rightfully expect to be fairly compensated for a day’s work, whether that person is a miner in the high desert of Nevada, an independent band in New York City, or a union worker on the back lots of a California movie studio.”

House Judiciary Committee Chariman Lamar Smith also issued a statement in response to Reid’s announcement about PIPA. In that statement Smith announced that he would also be putting SOPA on hold in an effort to address the same problems raised about PIPA.

“I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy. 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.”

It’s wonderful to see these politicians coming to their senses and agreeing that the provisions in these bills are ridiculous and need to be reevaluated and rewritten.

As expect, the RIAA is not happy about the effect of the online blackouts on both SOPA and PIPA. The organization issued a statement in response to these two bills being re-evaluated by Congress.

“There is a near universal consensus that cracking down on foreign rogue websites is an important priority for the U.S. government. The Senate had an opportunity to have a national conversation about an important and urgent issue: protecting American workers and consumers from foreign criminals. It is a shame that the Senate will not have that debate next week.

This issue is too important, too vital to our economy, to let misleading demagoguery have a veto over meaningful reforms. Everyone, every intermediary in the Internet ecosystem, has a role to play and a responsibility to help. We have been told repeatedly that the tech community agrees that something needs to be done. We take them at their word, and continue to hope that we can sit down with responsible leaders from that community to devise a solution that will address counterfeiting and theft and, yes, bring the rule of law to the Internet.”

It’s no surprise that the RIAA is upset, but postponing these bills and figuring out how to address all of the problems included in them is the right thing to do. I’m personally glad to see that the efforts of large sites like Google, Wikipedia, Reddit and all of the small sites and individuals paid off.

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zap em
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 22 Jan 12 00:49
    ETDRAGON,
    Not just for now indefinetley.[ which means they caved].
    StormJumper
    Retired Moderator
    Posted on: 22 Jan 12 13:53
      Quote:
      Originally Posted by zap em
      ETDRAGON,
      Not just for now indefinetley.[ which means they caved].
      Just because SOPA and PIPA has been stopped doesn't mean their giving up, there is now the OPEN Act...

      http://www.pcworld.com/article/24852...ml#tk.rss_news
      zap em
      MyCE Resident
      Posted on: 22 Jan 12 17:07
        STORM
        I understand what you are saying,but don't get me wrong?
        I am not on the pirates side. However we already have copyright
        laws,and interpol. I know writers,and directors,producers have
        a right to their products[ I agree with that] However passing
        legislation that can allow lawyers to shut down entire web-sites
        in my opinion is not the way to go. Instead of threating teenagers
        or college students,hollywood should not send or ban their
        movies from those countries who don't stop pirating sites.
        marloyd
        MyCE Resident
        Posted on: 22 Jan 12 17:13
          I just wonder how much money is being passed back and forward to get these bills passed. The music companys are in full swing on which congressman gets paid off.We haven't heard the end of it if a dollar is to be had.
          StormJumper
          Retired Moderator
          Posted on: 22 Jan 12 17:36
            Quote:
            Originally Posted by zap em
            STORM
            I understand what you are saying,but don't get me wrong?
            I am not on the pirates side. However we already have copyright
            laws,and interpol. I know writers,and directors,producers have
            a right to their products[ I agree with that] However passing
            legislation that can allow lawyers to shut down entire web-sites
            in my opinion is not the way to go. Instead of threating teenagers
            or college students,hollywood should not send or ban their
            movies from those countries who don't stop pirating sites.
            Yo Zap

            Understand what I'm saying I'm not saying anything, just posting about lawmakers are not giving up.

            Drum
            MyCE Member
            Posted on: 22 Jan 12 17:48
              Quote:
              Originally Posted by marloyd
              I just wonder how much money is being passed back and forward to get these bills passed. The music companys are in full swing on which congressman gets paid off.We haven't heard the end of it if a dollar is to be had.
              There are Billions in bribes being passed around, it will never stop as long as they can do that.

              The artists expect to be fairly compensated for a day’s work? There aren't many people compensated as well as actors/actresses, industry executives and the RIAA/MPAA executives and Lawyers.

              Let them know with your wallet. I refuse to go to any more movies or concerts or pay more than $5 for a CD or DVD.
              cholla
              MyCE Resident
              Posted on: 22 Jan 12 18:10
                I see the reason as the upcoming election .
                If a democrat is elected President of the USA then the bills will come back .
                If a republican is elected President of the USA then the bills will remain dead.

                I also don't see pictures of musicians ,actors/actresses, industry executives and the RIAA/MPAA executives and Lawyers in the "soup lines".
                Maybe beginning musicians or actors/actresses not yet successful . I see no plans to raise the pay this group get either way .
                When I see this scenerio I might have some sympathy:
                The main actors in a film & the MPAA say take our cut of the movie's income & divide it among the staff that made the movie.
                Same applied to successful musicians & the RIAA.
                marloyd
                MyCE Resident
                Posted on: 22 Jan 12 19:12
                  Hey Drum I don't know the percentage of a cd a musician gets but I bet it's a tiny percent.most of it goes to the recording companies and their just like any other waste full company with extra employee that stand around and pick their noses.And Cholla I don't think being rep. or a Dem. makes a difference their all crooks making the system work the way they do and the law makers aren't gonna let this go it's only starting.
                  cholla
                  MyCE Resident
                  Posted on: 22 Jan 12 19:33
                    We will see on the politics but that is my prediction.
                    I do agree all from both parties can be bought.
                    You are correct it's not about to stop.
                    Look at all the similar bills that are being attempted to put through Congress right now.
                    I expect this to continue . If they don't get it passed on one they will just start another.
                    marloyd
                    MyCE Resident
                    Posted on: 22 Jan 12 19:41
                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by cholla
                      We will see on the politics but that is my prediction.
                      I do agree all from both parties can be bought.
                      You are correct it's not about to stop.
                      Look at all the similar bills that are being attempted to put through Congress right now.
                      I expect this to continue . If they don't get it passed on one they will just start another.
                      Good answer my friend

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