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Hearings on Controversial Internet-Regulating SOPA Delayed to 2012

The fate of the Stop Online Piracy Act, which is not yet the law of the land in the United States, won't be decided until next year. The House Judiciary Committee has postponed further debate until Congress returns from its winter break, according to the Washington Post.

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The act, commonly referred to as SOPA, will either help the U.S. government stop the sale of pirated goods online or, its critics fear, ruin the Internet as we know it, by blocking access to primarily non-U.S. websites on the whims of private companies complaining about the actions of individual users of those sites.

The Post also reports that there is now an ani-SOPA rap song, which you can enjoy (?) above. We've been able to find at least one other anti-SOPA rap song on YouTube. This one is... better.

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People who like using the Internet should be aware of what SOPA is. We wrote a SOPA primer. Give it a read.

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ShadowSoldier
ShadowSoldier

So would this affect Canada, or just America?