When Rep. Lamar Smith announced the Stop Online Piracy Act in late 2011, he knew it was going to be controversial. But the Texas Republican probably never anticipated the broad and fierce outcry from Internet users that SOPA provoked.
When it comes to cracking down on Internet piracy, Hollywood has been used to getting its own way on Capitol Hill. For the last 15 years, the Motion Picture Association of America and its allies have tallied an enviable list of political victories: the No Electronic Theft Act (1997), the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (1998), the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act (2005), and the Pro-IP Act (2008).
But in 2012, something strange happened. Hollywood and its allies among large copyright holders actually lost.
An knocked Senate Web sites offline and led to a scheduled vote being cancelled.on January 18, involving Wikipedia, Google, and Craigslist,
SOPA may, however, return under a different name. In April, the White House recently said that he remains "committed to enacting strong copyright laws."to enact a new copyright law "to address offshore infringement," and next year's chairman of the House of Representatives panel that would draft a SOPA successor