The House Judiciary Committee might consider the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) this year after all. A committee spokeswoman said today that if the House is in session on Wednesday, SOPA will be on the agenda.
The Senate, meanwhile, is prepping to take on the SOPA-esque PROTECT IP act in late January.
House committee members adjourned Friday without voting on SOPA and said they would reconsider the legislation in 2012. Over the weekend, however, House leadership announced that the chamber would be in session on Monday and Tuesday and possibly on Wednesday.
“The … Stop Online Piracy Act markup will resume on Wednesday at 9am if the House is in session,” a spokeswoman said today. “We do not have any additional information at this time.”
The committee started debating proposed amendments to SOPA on Thursday around 11am, continuing well into the night. They reconvened Friday morning, but adjourned after considering about 25 amendments—without a final vote.
SOPA would expand the ability of the Justice Department to go after Web sites overseas that traffic in fake goods like counterfeit purses or prescription drugs. According to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Lamar Smith, the DOJ would have to get a court order against an infringing site, and if granted, could request that the site be blocked. Search engines would then have to remove links to those sites.
Critics, however, are concerned that the bill is too far-reaching and broad, and could potentially harm Web sites that don’t actually contain infringing content or were acting in good faith.
On Friday, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), said the two-day markup extravaganza made clear that SOPA “is not yet ready for prime time.”
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