News MPAA CEO Chris Dodd: SOPA & PIPA Bills Are 'Dead'
posted on 2012-10-03 23:49 EDT
Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) CEO Chris Dodd told reporters at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club on Tuesday that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) are not coming back.
"When SOPA-PIPA blew up, it was a transformative event," Dodd said, "There were eight million e-mails [to elected representatives] in two days.... These bills are dead, they're not coming back."
The CEO did say that U.S. Internet providers agreed to enforce a "six-strike" plan. The proposal is an agreement between ISPs and the entertainment industry, not a law that guarantees criminal punishment.
Congress put plans to vote on SOPA and PIPA legislation on hold in January after widespread internet protests against the bills. At the time, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith announced plans to redraft SOPA, and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy said that he remains committed to passing a revised version of PIPA as well.