Years from now political scientists may still be studying Jan. 18, 2012. That’s when Wikipedia and other websites went dark and social media lit up in a protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House and the Protect IP Act in the Senate. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., an original sponsor of PIPA, long ago withdrew his support and changed his Twitter avatar on Wednesday in sympathy with the protesters. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, spent the day tweeting about his opposition. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., made the Kansas delegation’s opposition unanimous later Wednesday, also via tweet: “Put me down for NO. The current #SOPA and #PIPA bills could destroy online entrepreneurship and innovation.” By Friday, both the Senate and House had retreated from action on the bills in their current form. But the problem of online piracy isn’t going away. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said his House Judiciary Committee “remains committed to finding a solution to the problem of online piracy that protects American intellectual property and innovation.”
Registered?Commenting on WE Blog now requires you to be a Kansas.com member. Use the links above to register, if you haven't already, or to log in.
Do you tweet? Follow us on Twitter: @WE_Tweet.