Posted in industry | music on January 20, 2012


The SOPA online piracy bill that helped spark this week's unprecedented Internet protests will be redrafted, its lead sponsor said Friday.

The move came shortly after the Senate postponed a key vote on the companion PIPA bill scheduled for next week and amid calls for consensus before Congress moves forward on any legislation to address the problem of foreign piracy websites.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) had hoped to push his Stop Online Piracy Act through the committee next month. But in the wake of growing opposition triggered by Wednesday's Internet blackout, Smith said the committee "will postpone consideration of the legislation until there is wider agreement on a solution."

"I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy," Smith said. "It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products."

Smith said his committee "remains committed to finding a solution to the problem of online piracy that protects American intellectual property and innovation." -[LA Times]

The fight may not be done yet, but it's nice to know that the protests, most notably the blackout, actually had some effect.

In somewhat related news, and as previously mentioned, Anonymous (says that they) attacked a bunch of websites last night in retaliation for Megaupload's shutdown.Good Morning Silicon Valley has an update:

The Department of Justice and FBI sites are back up today after being targeted yesterday by hacker group Anonymous in retaliation for the takedown of, a file-sharing site the U.S. government says enables online piracy. However, Universal Music Group's site, another target, remains inaccessible this morning. The shutdown of Megaupload Thursday came a day after the Web went dark in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Anonymous vowed yesterday it would go after government and entertainment websites, saying on its YourAnonNews Twitter account: "You cannot censor the internet. You cannot subpoena a hashtag. You cannot arrest an idea. You CAN expect us #OpMegaupload."

The New York Times reports that of the seven people named in the indictment, four have been arrested and three are at large. Those arrested include the founder of Hong Kong-based Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, a 37-year-old man the Telegraph describes as "a millionaire playboy" who has been called Germany's "most notorious hacker."

Still waiting for Hipster Runoff (who has written on the subject) to theorize that Anonymous was actually going after Universal's website in retaliation for Lana Del Rey's SNL performance.



Comments (15)

Yeeyah, take dat nigga! Ha ha - that's what you get!

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 2:06 PM


Posted by Billy | January 20, 2012 2:09 PM

So much better than that drake/common beef tartare.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 2:12 PM

All the dinosaurs who support this need to die off already.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 2:18 PM

aside from a select few, pretty much every music blog was up and running during the blackout

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 2:25 PM

And in today's news in honor of all this, the new Lambchop, Craig Finn and Chairlift records have all leaked. And what do ya know, you can still find them all over the net to download. What? You mean the shutting of Megaupload did not stop all this. Crikey, I cannot believe it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 2:27 PM

Support the arts. Buy Vinyl.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 2:31 PM

Chairlift still sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 2:32 PM

lol people listen to lambchop lol shari lewis greatest hits lol lol

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 2:42 PM

Does the woman in chairlift suck? I would so jizz in that gnarly broad's ear

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 3:11 PM

ron paul hates niggas

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 5:23 PM

yo've been sneaking in some jokes lately...that hipster runoff one wasn't too

Posted by frustrated with haters | January 20, 2012 7:49 PM

screw Universal and big corporate music! I can't wait til the day their BS force feeding commercial music tanks. Sony Music can suck it too!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 8:54 AM

hates niggas ???

Posted by hina khan | May 1, 2012 8:04 AM

hipsters rule

Posted by jordon | August 7, 2013 7:27 PM

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