Ding, Dong SOPA is Dead
January 16, 2012 10:40 AM
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Version plugged by Democratic-controlled Senate is still alive and kicking, though
The House Oversight Chairman,
Rep. Darrell Issa
(R-Calif.) has long been a stern critic of the
Orwellian "Stop Online Piracy Act"
). The representative announced some huge news on Monday. He reveals that Majority Leader
Rep. Eric Cantor
(R-Va.) promised to shelve any potential vote in the Republican-controlled House in terms of passing SOPA.
The bill was likened to a death penalty to the internet economy by
-- the bills looked to create a takedown system where any site found to be hosting user generated content pointing to infringing content (say a URL to a torrent) could be immediately taken down.
This would have been a crippling blow to Amazon.com, Inc. (
), Google Inc. (
), online news, and any other site that allows user-generated content, as a malicious user (e.g. a prankster or competitor) could intentionally plant an offending URL and then contact the regulators to take down the site for weeks at a time. The measure would essentially have ended all American online commerce, online searching, and online news ,if enforced.
The "death" of SOPA comes just hours after President Barack Obama made headlines
when his close advisors came out against SOPA
. Some heralded the opposition as a hint that the President might veto the bill to prevent catastrophic economic damage.
The stalling of SOPA is only a partial victory, as the similar "PROTECT IP Act" (PIPA) (
) is moving towards a vote in the Senate.
Big media paid approximately
10 percent of active U.S. Senators'
combined election costs
in the last election cycle. Many of these same big media companies who are looking to imprison file sharing Americans recently
plead guilty to stealing tens of millions of dollars in work
in Canada alone, from independent artists.
Rep. Issa who has also recently made a name for himself -- in part -- by
strict fuel economy mandates
, says he will continue to work with advocacies and with America's tech luminaries like Google to fight PIPA in the Senate.
He remarks, "Right now, the focus of protecting the Internet needs to be on the Senate where Majority Leader Reid has announced his intention to try to move similar legislation in less than two weeks."
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RE: So Republican Bashers..
1/16/2012 5:06:42 PM
I'm afraid Reclaimer is right on this count.
The overwhelming support for the bill correlates directly to the overwhelming amount of campaign funding provided to the bills supporters. You could put another group of people in there if you like, but you will wind up with the same result because the people who paid to help win the vote expect a return on that investment. So it is safe to expect this sort of behaviour from everyone for as long as political Political Action Committees and Special Interest Lobby groups are allowed to essentially overrule the voters.
RE: So Republican Bashers..
1/16/2012 6:46:01 PM
You guys don't get what I am saying here. It is not about the morals of particular people. It is about the fact that both the reps and the dems want larger gov't...just of different flavors. The libertarian, constitution or other parties have a completely different approach to what the gov't should be doing.
And you guys act like the PACs cast votes. They can only try to sway us. So far they have been successful because of people who continue to vote believing that there truly is a two party system here in the US (as opposed to the de facto one we have) when in fact we can elect anyone we want.
If we have a defeatist attitude that there are a few people here controlling everything, then there will always be that de facto system. I guess you could say, there is nothing to fear...but ourselves.
The OWS and tea party movements have given me hope that people are sick of the choices we have in our elections and that things will change. Also the rise of Dr. Paul.
Not everyone is united, but their thought processes are coming from a different mold.
Anyway, back to your comment.
Sort by donations and you will see that there is not a strong correlation one way or the other. Also party lines are well blurred. Surprisingly Pelosi is against this despite rather large contributions from MPAA & co. But then again, a stopped clock is right twice a day!
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