It was announced today that the House Judiciary Committee markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would not proceed tomorrow, as previously planned. This comes after two contentious markup days last week of the Committee debating and voting down all but five in a cascade of proposed amendments. Ultimately, delay is not synonymous with victory in this instance, and it is likely that SOPA will pass out of Committee early next year once the House reconvenes. It is uncertain what amendments, if any, will be made to the bill before it faces a floor vote.
Going forward, and with the benefit of more time, CDT hopes Members will take to heart the legitimate objections raised about SOPA by both Republicans and Democrats during the markup.
In particular, CDT shares the concerns articulated by Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) regarding the lack of expert consultation we've seen thus far in the legislative process. It is worth quoting Rep. Chaffetz at length here:
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