While it appears that the January 18th blackout may have given the US Congress a moment’s pause to reconsider, SOPA/PIPA has not been entirely defeated.
Given the enormous lobbying power the entertainment industry has, it seems unfortunately reasonable that some kind of legislation to curb copying will eventually come to pass. The only question is when and in what form.
So, where is all this heading? Is the heyday of the “free” Internet over? Thoughts?