Public Knowledge Says SOPA Is ‘Still Dead,’ Despite Dodd Assertion

Motion Picture Association of America Chairman Chris Dodd is quoted today as saying that there is a possibility the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) can be revived.

The following is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and CEO of Public Knowledge:

"It should be clear to everyone by now that SOPA and its Senate counterpart, PIPA, (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act) are still dead, despite the yearnings of Senator Dodd.

"It is simply amazing that a mere two months after 14 million people, in one of the largest protests of its kind, voiced their opposition to SOPA and PIPA and after the dramatic Web blackout day, that the head of the Motion Picture Association of America said the dreadfully flawed legislation could be reworked in the back rooms of Washington.

"MPAA and its allies continue to believe they lost the fight because people didn't understand the bills.  That was, and is, not the case.  The bills were pulled because millions of people who do understand the Internet saw the dangers involved with the bills.

"Before Congress starts to legislate again, it should start over, determine the nature of the problem it wants to solve, and conduct a wide-ranging public discussion on possible solutions."

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