Thanks to the wildly intense Internet movement to stop SOPA, the House has decided to shelve the bill for now!  I guess we really do have a voice as subjects in this kingdom we call the USA after all!  I credit the victory with the fact that I changed‘s social network profile picture on all of the sites it has a presence on to say “STOP SOPA”!  Until I did so the SOPA bill was going to be brought up for a vote, but my mini-protest brought the politicians responsible for this bill to their knees.

Well, not so much, but it feels good to know that in some small way we helped contribute to getting SOPA put on the back burners of our country’s legislation agenda.  Outside of the public outcry against this bill the nail in the coffin was provided by the White House coming out against SOPA this weekend.  Within a few days after Obama’s stance on SOPA went public the House decided to not move on the bill at this time.  For now SOPA has been defeated, but the war on the Internet is far from over.

House Oversight Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa on SOPA 

“While I remain concerned about Senate action on the Protect IP Act [PIPA], I am confident that flawed legislation will not be taken up by this House. 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 Senate has their own bill to take care of called PIPA, and it has some of the same pitfalls as SOPA, so I foresee the anti-SOPA camp changing a few letters in their motto as they take the fight to PIPA.  For now the Internet has won, but I fear the battle has only begun!  Get ready for the next war by reading up on PIPA!  You’ve been amazed that Americans can still have their voices heard in this day in age of shady politics…


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Matt Heywood is the founder and EIC of where he strives to make you a better geek, one post at a time! When he’s not scouring the Internet for interesting nuggets of awesomeness he can be found in his secret lair enjoying the latest and greatest video games, taking pictures of toys, or talking Star Wars on EB’s Star Wars Time podcast show.