US senators who have been bribed to derail their constitution by Big Content are finally going to listen to evidence that SOPA will break the internet.
So far US senators have been sticking their fingers in their ears to prevent themselves hearing proof from technology companies that SOPA is a rather bad idea.
Committees looking at the controversial law have refused to hear evidence from technology companies. Instead they have been listening to evidence given to them by their chums in the content industry who want the right to lock up everyone on suspicion of piracy.
Now that it seems that SOPA is attracting them a lot more negative publicity than they thought, the Senators are finally realising that they need to hear what impact the daft law will have on the web.
If SOPA is brought in, it will force the internet in the US to collapse as ISPs spend most of their time reporting to Big Content about which citizen is using their connection in a way which might be used for piracy.
Under SOPA, Big Content just has to monitor the web and order the disconnection of anyone it suspects is a pirate. The same goes for websites believed to be helping piracy. No evidence is required, so to be safe, Big Content could just switch off everyone.
Now, Darrell Issa has called a hearing that will bring more voices from the technology industry to Washington, D.C. to discuss how legislation such as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would affect the internet.
Industry representatives who have so far been shut out of the debate will finally get the chance to tell senators the obvious. If the law goes ahead, it will not stop piracy and the internet will break.
Those talking to the committee will include Brad Burnham from Union Square Ventures, Lanham Napier, the CEO of Rackspace Hosting; and Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit.com.
So far the only people in the tech industry to comment on the bill has been a single Google executive, while the five other participants testifying were from the content industry.
But GigaOm points out that the hearing that the technology industry is going to is not about SOPA. Issa is pushing his own version of an IP protection bill dubbed the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade, or OPEN, Act. He wants to hold a hearing on how Congress can help protect IP without ruining the internet.
Whether this will help stop SOPA in its tracks is unlikely. Big Content has paid a fortune in bribe money, er, campaign contributions to senators, to make the joke law happen. Our guess is that the cheque has cleared and they will be expected to deliver.