New version of SOPA copyright bill, old complaints

Declan McCullagh
December 13, 2011

A new version of the Stop Online Piracy Act appears to be no more popular than the last one was.

In an effort to head off mounting criticism before a vote on the legislation this Thursday, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today announced a series of tweaks (PDF) to SOPA, which is backed by Hollywood and major record labels but opposed by Internet firms and the Consumer Electronics Association.

But Smith, who heads the House Judiciary committee, stopped short of altering the core of SOPA“meaning that allegedly piratical Web sites could still be made to vanish from the Internet. Deep packet inspection could still be required. (See CNET’s FAQ on SOPA.)

“There are still significant problems with the approach,¯ said Public Knowledge attorney Sherwin Siy. The revised version of SOPA “continues to encourage DNS blocking and filtering, which should be concerning for internet security experts and human rights activists alike,¯ he said. DNS stands for the Domain Name System.

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