The Stop Online Piracy Act is scheduled for markup in the House Judiciary Committee on December 15. An aide to Rep. Lamar Smith (sponsor of the bill and chairman of the committee) told the Washington Post “He is open to changes but only legitimate changes. Some site are totally capable of filtering illegal content, but they won’t and are instead profiting from the traffic of illegal content.”
Meanwhile, opposition to the legislation and its Senate counterpart (the PROTECT-IP Act) have been growing. Yahoo! quit the Chamber of Commerce over its support of the laws, and Google has suggested it may do the same. The Business Software Alliance has stated that it does not support the legislation as it is currently written. Over 100,000 people have asked Sen. Wyden to read their names during a filibuster.