The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is the controversial bill that would make it illegal to show search results to or serve ads on websites suspected of being homes to pirated content. The protests have come in hard and strong from ISPs, search engines and ad delivery companies, chief among them Google and Yahoo!. But the major record labels and Hollywood studios are fighting for the bill’s passage just as hard. It seems like the only winners are K Street lobbyists; but then, when are they ever not winners in Washington? If you’re interested in seeing how the sausage is made, the House Judiciary Committee is live-streaming the committee hearing that started this morning. It’s available here.
If you want to read more about the controversy, check these links below: