Little introduction is needed to the furore that has resulted from two pieces of US anti-piracy legislation. The Stop Online Piracy Act (“SOPA”) and its sister bill “Protect IP [Intellectual Property] Act (“PIPA”) started out with the backing of Silicon Valley, the White House and – perhaps less helpfully – Rupert Murdoch. Yet they now find themselves very much in the dark as they are shelved by the US Senate in the aftermath of the high profile “black out” by Wikipedia and other sites. Continue reading