Voting on SOPA and PIPA Delayed: a Win for XDA and the Web
XDA, along with many other sites across the web, went dark on January 18th in protest of two pieces of legislation that, if passed, could dramatically impact the free exchange of information on the internet. We’re excited to report that as a result of the negative backlash against SOPA and PIPA, voting on these two bills has been indefinitely delayed.
Representative Lamar Smith, the Texas Republican who is chairman of the Judiciary Committee, remarked:
After vowing two days ago to move forward, Mr. Smith said in a statement on Friday: “The committee remains committed to finding a solution to the problem of online piracy that protects American intellectual property and innovation.” But he added, “The House Judiciary Committee will postpone consideration of the legislation until there is wider agreement on a solution.”
This doesn’t mean XDA, or any other site that would be impacted, is out of the woods. SOPA/PIPA is likely to rear its ugly head as a future bill, hopefully one that more specifically targets those that are knowingly committing copyright infringement and the like, and not sites like XDA, Reddit, or Facebook, that act as a medium of exchange for information.
But for now, let’s chalk this up as a win! Thanks again to everyone that participated in our pledge.
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