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 8:39:33 PM
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..
1/16/2012 11:43:58 PM
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.
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