While many people have been saying that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was dead, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) has promised that it isn’t.
In a press release issued earlier today, Smith proclaimed that the bill is alive and well, and that it will be back on the docket in February for more markups after the Democrats and Replublicans return from their respective retreats.
Stop Online Piracy Act Markup to Resume in February
Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today said that he expects the Committee to continue its markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act in February.
Chairman Smith: “To enact legislation that protects consumers, businesses and jobs from foreign thieves who steal America’s intellectual property, we will continue to bring together industry representatives and Members to find ways to combat online piracy.
“Due to the Republican and Democratic retreats taking place over the next two weeks, markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act is expected to resume in February.
“I am committed to continuing to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to send a bipartisan bill to the White House that saves American jobs and protects intellectual property.”
TechnoBuffalo will be joining with numerous other sites during the day on Wednesday the 18th to voice our protest to this bill and what it could mean to the future of the Internet as we know it.