SOPA And PIPA Legislation Postponed

Posted on 1/20/2012 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)

Earlier today Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he would delay a cloture vote on the Protect IP (Intellectual Property) Act (PIPA) bill and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) announced he will postpone further action on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

On January 14th the White House’s announced its refusal to support the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

While there had been high hope in the photography community that these bills might have been a first step to helping still photographers protect their work both now appear to be dead unless there are dramatic changes in strategy and a new approach to the problem.

For those interested in understanding the various aspects of this very complex problem the MasurLaw firm in New York that specializes in technology, ventures and entertainment law has provided a brief 5-page summary of the two bills, the positions of the proponents and the criticisms that have been leveled against both bills. Check out this link.

Simultaneously the Washington Post reported today that the Justice Department has shutdown Megaupload as part of a federal indictment that accused the company of running an international criminal organization that allows consumers to easily watch or share pirated content. The site’s offerings included movies, in some cases before they were released in theaters, pornography and illegally copied video games according to federal officials.

Copyright © 2012 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-461-7627, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

Jim Pickerell is founder of, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to:  


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