EFF victorious as internet censorship bill delayed

30 Sep 2010

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has declared a victory over moves to censor the internet after a controversial IP infringement was postponed earlier today.

A markup on SJC chairman Leahy’s IP infringement bill was postponed late Wednesday, as US House of Congress staffers anticipated the chamber would finish legislative work and adjourn for recess before the hearing could commence.

The change in plans should delight some of the bill’s critics, at least, who expressed concern that the legislation was moving forward quickly.

“Translation: The Senate Judiciary Committee won’t be considering the dangerously flawed ‘Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act’ (COICA) bill until after the mid-term elections, at least,” the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said in a statement.

“This is a real victory! The entertainment industry and their allies in Congress had hoped this bill would be quickly approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee with no debate before the Senators went home for the October recess.

The EFF thanked the 87 internet scientists and engineers whose open letter to Congress played a key role in the decision “and to all the other voices that helped sound the alarm.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years