Yesterday, the European Parliament voted down ACTA, sort of the European cousin to SOPA, by an overwhelming majority. With a vote of 478 to 39, detractors of the Anti-Counterfeiting and Terrorism Act waved yellow and black signs reading “Hello Democracy, Goodbye ACTA”.
SOPA is dead, but that was only the tip of the iceberg in a decade-long plan to get control of the internet
Congratulations, internet. You successfully killed SOPA, but it appears to have only geen a straw man victory in the larger, long term international campaign of control and surveillance over the internet in the name of copyright protection and keeping children from harm.
Even though SOPA and PIPA appear to be dead for the time being in the US, its European cousin, ACTA, has quietly made its way through a number of European countries, despite very loud protests from citizens. The treaty has mainly been signed by EU nations, but it is an international treaty that might go after content piracy in a very SOPA-like manner.