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SOPA Markup on Hold

The House Judiciary Committee postponed the Wednesday, December 21, 2011 markup of the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) (H.R.3261) because the House would not be in session, according to a committee staff person.  The markup will likely resume early next year.  The earliest the committee could meet would be January 17, 2012 when the House session resumes.  The committee began its markup of the bill on Thursday, December 15, 2011 and voted on 28 of the proposed 66 amendments before adjourning on Friday, December 16, 2011 due to a series of House floor votes.

EDUCAUSE submitted comments on the Manager’s Amendment prior to the markup.  In part the letter read, “Although the Amendment addresses issues previously raised by EDUCAUSE and AAU [Association of American Universities], it does carry forward ‘problematic provisions that we believe will pose problems for legitimate uses of copyrighted material,’ particularly as relates to the streaming provisions.”

EDUCAUSE will continue to monitor and report on this legislation.