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SOPA and PIPA dead for now…

Good news is in… the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act are waning.  I can’t tell you how relieved I am that this affair is almost over. It was truly inspiring to see countless internet denizens rise up and act against two pieces of legislation that threatened internet freedom and creativity. But despite this good news, I feel the same sense of foreboding I felt when SOPA and PIPA were at their zenith.

Despite the dedicated hard work against those bills, the lobby groups that wrote them and the bought politicians that pushed them haven’t lost anything.  The issue of vested interests controlling the legislative process hasn’t been resolved, making SOPA-like legislation a certainty in the future.

As long as lobbyists have their incredible sway over Washington, it will take remarkable efforts to keep hazardous legislation from becoming law, but with no guarantee of success.

The only way to break away from this trend is to keep lobbyist’s money out of Washington, making it more likely that their labours will focus on a wider societal benefits.

But how that will happen is beyond me…