Friday, January 20, 2012
The effects of the one-day internet protest and blackout of sites like Wikipedia are still being tallied. Congressmen and Senators are now backing away from SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), but the bill is not dead. There is still pressure from content creators in Hollywood and elsewhere to do something about theft of intellectual property. So, while grassroots PR and protest stopped SOPA today, something else will be introduced in Congress tomorrow. Perhaps the next time Congressmen will proceed more cautiously. If so, that will be a victory for companies like Google and sites like Wikipedia. There are no easy answers for piracy, so whatever solutions are proposed, there is likely to be more controversy.