House bill known as the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, set off a
firestorm of protest from members of the on-line community in Vermont and across the country. Congressman Peter Welch says it’s now unlikely that the bill
will be revived this session.
The worldwide debate over how the U.S. government might crack down on Internet
piracy and counterfeit goods has drawn an equally pointed discussion in Vermont. Part
of the reason is that Senator Patrick Leahy has found himself at the center of