When the Senate returns Jan. 24, it will take up online piracy, one of the most contentious issues on the Hill that has pitted big technology against big media. Over the weekend, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., filed a motion to proceed on the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in an effort to override the hold on the bill placed by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.
With 31 co-sponsors on both sides of the aisle, the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is likely unstoppable in the Judiciary Committee, despite a well-orchestrated and highly visible campaign to kill it by SOPA opponents both in and out of the hearing room.
Hoping to stop the progress of bills under consideration in Congress that would put in place stricter laws to combat rogue websites, a bipartisan group of lawmakers offered a draft of an alternative bill on Thursday.
The debate over how to stop foreign Web sites from stealing copyright works or selling counterfeit goods has been one of the most contentious on Capitol Hill, pitting big media interests such as the Motion Picture Association of America against big Internet companies, such as Google and Facebook.
Opponents to the Stop Online Piracy Act and its Senate counterpart—including the nation's biggest Internet companies, like Google and Facebook—did everything they could to get their voices heard in advance of a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the bill Wednesday.
With the debate over bills meant to crack down on digital piracy heating up on Capitol Hill, Adweek caught up with Robert Levine, author of Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Cul