So …. We won right?
Today, the day before the worldwide internet blackout, US President Obama has terminated the SOPA legislation.
“The voice of the Internet community has been heard. Much more education for members of Congress about the workings of the Internet is essential if anti-piracy legislation is to be workable and achieve broad appeal.” stated California Congressman Darrel Issa
I think the stink that was made the world over has appropriately caught the attention of the right people and everyone should be extremely happy that this unfortunate attempt to siphon the internet has been halted for now.
“Any provision covering Internet intermediaries such as online advertising networks, payment processors, or search engines must be transparent and designed to prevent overly broad private rights of action that could encourage unjustified litigation that could discourage startup businesses and innovative firms from growing,” said The White House. “We expect and encourage all private parties, including both content creators and Internet platform providers working together, to adopt voluntary measures and best practices to reduce online piracy.”
Check out our previous story for all the information on SOPA and tomorrow’s Blackout. I believe the blackout should still happen to make our point even stronger. So, Geek Badge will still be invisible for the proposed 12 hours between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm EST.