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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" (SOPA) (H.R. 3261).  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 DailyTech and other sites -- 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. (AMZN), Google Inc. (GOOG), 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) (S.968) is moving towards a vote in the Senate.  

Big media paid approximately 10 percent of active U.S. Senators' total 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 opposing President Obama's 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."

Source: The Hill



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RE: So Republican Bashers..
By Regected on 1/16/2012 6:13:11 PM , Rating: 0
Vote Ron Paul


RE: So Republican Bashers..
By Reclaimer77 on 1/16/2012 6:17:11 PM , Rating: 2
Ron Paul the Republican? :)


RE: So Republican Bashers..
By The Raven on 1/16/2012 6:52:24 PM , Rating: 2
Well he would be better than anything else that is coming out of the tps. Except maybe Gary Johnson...who is now running as a libertarian as Paula did back in the day.

As I have said before, I am voting Ron Paul as a rep or I am voting Libertarian as usual. And I know a lot of people who feel that same way.

All the statists can kiss my shiny metal a$$.


RE: So Republican Bashers..
By Reclaimer77 on 1/16/2012 7:29:48 PM , Rating: 2
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As I have said before, I am voting Ron Paul as a rep or I am voting Libertarian as usual. And I know a lot of people who feel that same way.


So you and lots of people want to give Obama a second term? Wonderful! Thanks.


RE: So Republican Bashers..
By BansheeX on 1/16/2012 8:39:33 PM , Rating: 3
The other repub candidates are Bush-like and just as much corporate puppets as Obama. The only candidate that will veto every spending bill tooth and nail is Paul. Though, to be honest, even that's farting in a hurricane at this point. Most people who suck at math don't really understand how deep we've dug ourselves. If interest rates rise to even 5%, interest payments alone eat up almost all of our tax revenue. Fed Reserve is in a huge box, not sure if we can expect the Chinese to keep trading exports for permanently vaulted paper.


RE: So Republican Bashers..
By FastEddieLB on 1/16/2012 11:43:58 PM , Rating: 2
Oh please, a corporate puppet would be better than Obama. Ron Paul would be great for America... but if he becomes president it'll result in a massive power vacuum globally. Take that how you will.


RE: So Republican Bashers..
By The Raven on 1/17/2012 4:02:20 PM , Rating: 2
You really see a difference between Romney, Gingrich and Obama?

Please tell me what is different about them.

Also keep in mind that Bush II ran and won on a non-interventionist, small gov't platform and won.
Did we get non-interventionism and small gov't? Hell no.
It was the same switchroo with with Reagan, etc.

So when I point out that Bush was on par with Obama don't dismiss him as not being a true conservative because that is what he ran on - being a conservative.

Tell me honestly why you think those statist shills will be any different?

If a conventional republican wins it is just another name for our school kids to memorize.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedd...

Romney et al = 4 more years of Obama
Ron Paul does not. So in fact it is vote 3rd party, or vote for 4 more years of Obama.


RE: So Republican Bashers..
By Reclaimer77 on 1/17/2012 4:40:51 PM , Rating: 1
Blindly saying everyone is the same as Obama but Paul is a terribly immature and petty point your trying to stand on. If you want to seriously discuss these things, you can't be that extreme. It's hard to take you serious.

It doesn't even sound like you know wtf you're talking about. Ron Paul is NOT third party anymore. He's Republican. Maybe not in spirit, but on paper.

I'll vote for whoever wins the nomination, straight up. You can't KNOW for a fact they will be just like Obama, but I know for a FACT that Obama will be Obama.

Sorry but burst your bubble, but Ron Paul won't win. Again. So this whole thing is academic.


RE: So Republican Bashers..
By The Raven on 1/18/2012 1:17:19 PM , Rating: 2
Blindly? I don't know where you get that. I specifically pointed out how the two parties have consistently put out big gov't candidates (despite saying they want to shrink gov't) for decades and you say that I am saying things blindly?
Now blindly saying that a republican is better than a democrat...?
quote:
It doesn't even sound like you know wtf you're talking about. Ron Paul is NOT third party anymore. He's Republican. Maybe not in spirit, but on paper.
You are way off base here. The other candidates are attacking Romney for being a capitalist and Romney is pushing Obamacare v2.0?! And you say that Paul is not a republican in spirit? He is the closest thing to a republican up there. The rest are a bunch of pro-life democrats as far as I see it.

And you really care what letter is attached to his name? They could be an R, D or L and I would vote for someone like Paul. You on the other hand, sound like you would only ever vote for an R. My point is that I will not vote for am R when they are practically a D; both for increasing the scope of the federal gov't.

It seems you think that even if the R would be slightly better than Obama you would vote for them. Well I don't and I don't care if someone who is slightly worse is still in office for 4 more years. What I do care about is our would-be free country going down the tubes in the name of safety. I'm voting minimum gov't, maximum freedom no matter what party they belong to.


RE: So Republican Bashers..
By The Raven on 1/18/2012 1:18:02 PM , Rating: 2
Blindly? I don't know where you get that. I specifically pointed out how the two parties have consistently put out big gov't candidates (despite saying they want to shrink gov't) for decades and you say that I am saying things blindly?
Now blindly saying that a republican is better than a democrat...?
quote:
It doesn't even sound like you know wtf you're talking about. Ron Paul is NOT third party anymore. He's Republican. Maybe not in spirit, but on paper.
You are way off base here. The other candidates are attacking Romney for being a capitalist and Romney is pushing Obamacare v2.0?! And you say that Paul is not a republican in spirit? He is the closest thing to a republican up there. The rest are a bunch of pro-life democrats as far as I see it.

And you really care what letter is attached to his name? They could be an R, D or L and I would vote for someone like Paul. You on the other hand, sound like you would only ever vote for an R. My point is that I will not vote for am R when they are practically a D; both for increasing the scope of the federal gov't.

It seems you think that even if the R would be slightly better than Obama you would vote for them. Well I don't and I don't care if someone who is slightly worse is still in office for 4 more years. What I do care about is our would-be free country going down the tubes in the name of safety. I'm voting minimum gov't, maximum freedom no matter what party they belong to.


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