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Look Out For SOPA Reincarnate

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Another version of SOPA might make its way back into a bill soon under the guise of helping the American economy. An article posted on[URL="http://mashable.com/2012/05/25/sopa-protect-economy/"] Mashable[/URL] today talks about the MPAA (one of SOPA's major lobbyists) getting ready to push out another version of the bill that is "more subtle and consumer-oriented”. Not sure if it will truly be in the best interest of the Internet at large, but one senator seems to have learned a lesson, Chris Coons (D-DE) "A [URL="http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s968/show"]co-sponsor[/URL] of the Protect IP Act (PIPA), regarded as SOPA’s sister bill, Coons said he came to realize that SOPA “really did pose some risk to the Internet” after his son awoke him to ask “why I wanted to break the Internet,” he [URL="http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/229147-chamber-study-finds-intellectual-property-industries-produce-5-trillion"]said[/URL]." In this case, rather than lobbyists, it is the younger generation that can affect legislation!"

So it seems that a new version of SOPA will use a study to back their claims that the fight against piracy online is detrimental to the US economy. "According to this [URL="http://www.theglobalipcenter.com/ipcreatesjobs"]study[/URL] by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s (CoC) Global Intellectual Property Center, intellectual property is intrinsically connected to the American economy—to the tune of $5 trillion in annual revenue and 55.7 million jobs."

Maybe the creators and proponents of SOPA and PIPA will get it, that the Internet at large is not protesting a ban on piracy, but just the legislation that gives the omnipotent government power to punish companies and individuals who should not be held responsible for others' actions.

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