SOPA sponsor Lamar Smith refuses to give up on bill, predicts round two

20120117 220352 SOPA sponsor Lamar Smith refuses to give up on bill, predicts round twoSOPA sponsor Lamar Smith refuses to give up on bill, predicts round twoThe Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), recently shelved amid widespread private-sector and governmentobjections, has taken on a herpes-like quality. It just won’t die. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, who’s apparently deaf to public sentiment, not to mention hairstyles that don’t involve a side part, today announced his bill will likely resurface in February.

To enact legislation that protects consumers, businesses and jobs from foreign thieves who steal America’s intellectual property, we will continue to bring together industry representatives and Members to find ways to combat online piracy.

Due to the Republican and Democratic retreats taking place over the next two weeks, markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act is expected to resume in February.

I am committed to continuing to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to send a bipartisan bill to the White House that saves American jobs and protects intellectual property.

That last bit’s especially delusional. If Smith were truly committed to saving American jobs, he wouldn’t breathe life into a bill that threatens to put the stranglehold on some of the country’s biggest companies. And it seems he’s conveniently ignored the White House’s staunch opposition to the bill. They’ve all but promised a veto and would probably greet Smith and SOPA with water balloons on the White House lawn.

Meanwhile, Wikipedia and Reddit will black out their sites tomorrow in protest, and Google will feature a link spelling out its disapproval.

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