Draconian SOPA withdrawn for now
Bowing down to a massive campaign around the world against the controversial SOPA and PIPA bills that threatened to curb the free use of internet, Congress has finally decided to postpone the bills much to the joy of the campaigners.
SOPA that stands for Stop Online Piracy Act basically deals with copyright infringement and piracy. To curb the rising incidents of online trafficking, piracy and copyright infringement the US government passed this bill on November 26, 2011.
This bill has been witnessing vociferous protests from the tech world with giants like Wikipedia, Google, Facebook among others uniting to fight against it.
The bill as per the US government is aimed at protecting the privileges of all copyright holders. The provision also grants the permission to the copyright holder to drag any website, which facilitates copyrighting, to court.
In simple terms it is a nightmare that popular search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing might have to endure. Experts believe that if legislated, SOPA will restrict the performance of these search engines as they would not be allowed to link themselves to such sites and worst of all feature these sites on their search list.
SOPA and its counterpart PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act) have received worldwide criticism although many are in favor of the two bills. From eminent techies to Hollywood celebrities many have come forward in the open opposing these bills.