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SOPA vote unexpectedly delayed

updated 05:40 pm EST, Fri December 16, 2011

Bill had been expected to be pushed to House floor

In a surprise move, the House Judiciary Committee suddenly adjourned today without voting to send the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) to the full House floor. The bill had been expected to make it out of the committee today. The adjournment came after committee chairman Rep. Lamar Smith, who is also the bill's chief sponsor, agreed that further exploration was warranted of a provision that lets the Attorney General demand DNS (domain name service) changes.

The SOPA legislation is embroiled in controversy. At the core of the concern was elements of the bill that mandated that ISPs be directed to alter or even falsify DNS address lookup data to block American users from visiting sites deemed to be infringing on sites allegedly engaging on piracy.

"The US government has regularly claimed that it supports a free and open internet, both domestically and abroad," wrote 83 renowned internet engineers, including Vint Cert, John Gilmore and L. Jean Camp, in an open letter. "We cannot have a free and open Internet unless its naming and routing systems sit above the political concerns and objectives of any one government or industry."

The European Commission also objected to the legislation, which some claim would be the equivalent of the US creating the Great Chinese Firewall used by the Chinese government to block sites and restrain freedom of expression.

The postponement of the vote came on a motion by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who asked Smith to postpone the session until technical experts could be brought in to testify. Until now, Smith had allowed representatives of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to testify, but had not thought it was necessary to hear testimony from any Internet experts. No date has been set for a new vote on the SOPA legislation. [via Wired]

by MacNN Staff



  1. ricardogf

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Sopa" also means soup in a number of Latin-based languages...definitely an appropriate term for yet another draconian and ridiculous POS legislation coming from the land of the "free", courtesy of the good old media content cabal...

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  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The US of A is becoming Apple.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh Arne

    Why do people down-vote you so much on this forum? Oh I found out that it is considered "punishment" if they down-vote you! I didn't know that before.

  1. Oneota

    Joined: Dec 1969


    SOPA has NOT been postponed to 2012! The Committee members who support SOPA quietly changed the hearing date to the 21st, trying to trick the American people into thinking it was over for the year. This is dirty politics and should be illegal. Fight back. Let them know this is not over.

  1. Omek

    Joined: Dec 1969



    @Oneota Thanks for the update! I didn't even notice that, but I think that was the idea.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I won't be able to connect to

    Oh, shoot. Guess I'll just bookmark

    Wow, that was hard. Or I could switch my DNS server to a third-party one, say an out-of-country one that isn't required to block some of my traffic.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Dear wrenchy - Arnenchy? ;)

    As insightful and truthful as your comments usually are,
    I believe this time around you are mistaken.

    Negatives, or down-voting cannot be considered a form of punishment -
    at least not on Electronista.

    For almost all posts voted down or "buried" offer unbiased accounts and technological sound comments; I actually skip to negative laden posts to gain further insight on a news article.

    Thus unless something is amiss on the brains of most MacNN readers, Negatives are most certainly the reward for an unbiased, educated, and well researched post.

    P.S. The USA is not becoming Apple, The USA is CONTROLLED by Apple and it's and other companies of the same persuasion.

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