The US Government has halted its anti-piracy legislation for now. The implementation of two key anti-piracy measures has been withheld for wider agreement.
The implementation of two anti-piracy bills viz. SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) has been stalled by the legislators of the US Government. This development must have offered immense relief to all the big Internet companies that had been protesting online. These companies were desperate to stop the two aforementioned bills, which were fast heading toward their implementation, midway.
The two bills, PIPA and SOPA, are meant to limit Internet users’ access to foreign websites that bring in pirated content in the form of things like music and films. Entertainment groups and publishers were pitching for the clearance of the bills as they were keen to see a stop to online piracy that have been causing them losses worth billions every year.
On the contrary, companies belonging to the world of technology believed that the laws, in the first place, were difficult to be enforced. Moreover, they feared that if the laws were executed, they could weaken Internet freedom and lead to petty cases.
The protesters were very much active on the Internet as Wikipedia and many other popular sites went dark for 24 hours. Internet biggies like Google, Twitter, and Facebook also disagreed with the proposed legislation; however, they did not shut their website down.
While the indefinite delay in the implementation of the anti-piracy legislation made the Internet community gleeful, the film fraternity better known as Hollywood was miffed.
“We appreciate that lawmakers have listened to our community’s concerns, and we stand ready to work with them on solutions to piracy and copyright infringement that will not chill free expression or threaten the economic growth and innovation the Internet provides,” a Facebook spokesman said.
On the other hand, Chris Dodd, chief executive of the Motion Picture Association of America and a former Democratic senator, believed that the delay would give a fillip to criminals.
“As a consequence of failing to act, there will continue to be a safe haven for foreign thieves,” Dodd said.