SOPA Sent to an Early Grave Under Sheer Pressure from Internet Users
By on January 16th, 2012

If you were not living under a rock for the last few months, you probably have heard about SOPA. It was a bill that would have killed the free Internet and made it a regulated and sugarcoated media of all things good! The bill was ridiculous enough to penalize entire websites for a single sensitive content that any user posted. It is time to rejoice finally, as SOPA has been withdrawn and the voice of the people has won through.

The Examiner reports this refreshing news, saying

In a surprise move today, Representative Eric Cantor(R-VA) announced that he will stop all action on SOPA, effectively killing the bill. This move was most likely due to several things. One of those things is that SOPA and PIPA met huge online protest against the bills. Another reason would be that the White House threatened to veto the bill if it had passed.

Both tech-giants and First Amendment advocates went all out against SOPA, and brought it down. In the midst of this, GoDaddy lost thousands of domains, Comcast issued a network upgrade rendering DNS blocking ineffective and Kaspersky withdrew support for SOPA. However, the strongest blow came from the White House, which finally decided to oppose SOPA, leaving the bill helpless.

SOPA was a desperate attempt by the media industry to regulate and control the Internet. Now that it is gone, all those protests should be focused against PIPA, which is another bill of the same nature as SOPA. It should face the same opposition as SOPA and meet its demise.

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