Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Lamar Smith: SOPA markup to resume in February

Thought that the White House killed and stamped the SOPA into the ground? Well you thought wrong. House Judiciary Committee Chair Lamar Smith, the author of the bill, says markup is expected to continue next month, as soon as both parties return from their retreats.


Here is a press release. Isn't it weird that there even is one? Sounds weird to me. Here is is any ways:

Stop Online Piracy Act Markup to Resume in February

Washington, D.C. - House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today said that he expects the Committee to continue its markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act in February.

Chairman Smith: "To enact legislation that protects consumers, businesses and jobs from foreign thieves who steal America's intellectual property, we will continue to bring together industry representatives and Members to find ways to combat online piracy.

"Due to the Republican and Democratic retreats taking place over the next two weeks, markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act is expected to resume in February.

"I am committed to continuing to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to send a bipartisan bill to the White House that saves American jobs and protects intellectual property."

And on another note, don't expect to use Wikipedia tomorrow. Or Mozilla's website, and many other popular sites that will be in the blackout tomorrow. Hope this shows the house that this bill is bad.

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