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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, 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 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...?
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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