House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said early Saturday morning that Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) promised him the House will not vote on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) unless there is consensus on the bill.
“While I remain concerned about Senate action on the Protect IP Act, I am confident that flawed legislation will not be taken up by this House,” Issa said in a statement. “Majority Leader Cantor has assured me that we will continue to work to address outstanding concerns and work to build consensus prior to any anti-piracy legislation coming before the House for a vote.”
The announcement comes just hours after Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), SOPA’s sponsor, made a major concession to the bill’s critics by agreeing to drop a controversial provision that would have required Internet service providers to block infringing websites.
This isn’t the end. They are probably planning to push through similar legislation in a year or so, when the public’s attention is diverted elsewhere. So, everyone who wants the Internet to remain free of censorship will have to stay vigilant.
Here is some more information on just what SOPA and related bills are designed to do.
- SOPA Halted in the House (adweek.com)
- SOPA UPDATE: SOPA shelved until ‘consensus’ is found. “House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Ca… (pjmedia.com)
- SOPA On The Ropes: House Delays Vote As Obama Comes Out Against Copyright Bill (forbes.com)