The Hill is reporting that todays Internet SOPA Protest has resulted in at least five key senators have abandoning their support of the Senate’s Protect IP Act.
The group includes: Florida Republican Marco Rubio, a Tea Party favorite; Missouri Republican Roy Blunt, a member of the GOP leadership, Texas Republican Jon Cornyn,: Utah Republican Orrin Hatch and Arkansas Democrat John Boozman, who had been sponsors of the bill.
Even the evil Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), came out against the bills, calling them “misguided bills that will cause more harm than good.”
“When protecting intellectual property rights, we must not undermine free speech, threaten economic growth, or impose burdensome regulations,” DeMint tweeted.
Opposition is also building in the House. Two of the original Republican co-sponsors of SOPA, Reps. Ben Quayle (Ariz.) and Lee Terry (Neb.), withdrew their support Tuesday before the protests began, and scores of other lawmakers took to Twitter Wednesday to affirm their opposition.
Now lets hope that THE DEMOCRATS GET THE MESSAGE.
Especially Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY. I cannot believe that a Senator who fas fought so strongly for freedom and equality stands behind SOPA and sponsor SOPA. Anyway you’d think she’d have more important legisation to work on.
Like maybe getting ENDA passed and DOMA repealed. Right Kristen?
Well news has come from Washington via an unlikely ally, that of SOPA opponent Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) confirmed today that the Obama administration’s opposition to SOPA has effectively killed the bill, for now. “The voice of the internet community has been heard. Much more education for members of Congress about the workings of the internet is essential if anti-piracy legislation is to be workable and achieve broad appeal.”
In a nutshell Obama’s opposition to SOPA means that John Boehner no longer has the votes to pass the bill with the Democrats and tea partiers standing against it and now with Obama’a and public opposition to SOPA the bill too toxic for BONER(censor that motherfucker) and the House to take up.
The demise of SOPA is one thing but PIPA in the U.S. Senate (Protect IP Act) scheduled for a Senate floor vote on Jan. 24 and could easily sneak through under the radar thanks to Blue Dog (faux Republican) Democrats like Chuck Schumer.
In protest of PIPA Wikipedia will join Reddit.com, BoingBoing.net, IHeartChaos.com, and the entire Cheezburger Network, which will go dark for 12 hours on Wednesday.
Wikipedia will blackout all 3,848,305 articles in the English Wikipedia.
Reddit, the popular social news website has announced that it will go dark for 12 hours to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, on Jan. 18 for 12 hours, starting at 8 a.m. E.T. During that time, the site’s content will be replaced with “a simple message about how the PIPA/SOPA legislation would shut down sites like reddit, link to resources to learn more, and suggest ways to take action.”
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has said that he hopes to coordinate with the site so that Wikipedia does the same Google, Twitter and Facebook have all been rumored to be participating because of comments made by NetCoalition’s Markham Erickson but may also be seeking alternative ways of protesting in thier own right.
PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting “creativity”. The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites– they just have to convince a judge that the site is “dedicated to copyright infringement.”
The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner. Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would cost us $47 million tax dollars a year — that’s for a fix that won’t work, disrupts the internet, stifles innovation, shuts out diverse voices, and censors the internet. This bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights.