Protest stalls anti-piracy bill

Internet companies gave Congress in lesson in real power this week when an unprecedented, web-based protest flooded House and Senate offices with emails and phone calls and brought two bills aimed at online piracy to a screeching halt.

Both the House and Senate postponed action on bills.

“I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy,” House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith said. “It is clear we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products.”

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid postponed a vote scheduled next week.

“In light of recent events we need to take a second look,” Reid said.

“This sucker is dead in the water until it is revised, rewritten or scrapped,” a Reid aide told Capitol Hill Blue.

“Recent events” included a number of web sites that went dark for a day or part of a day to protest the Proticet IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), both of which claimed to be aimed solely at foreign sites that deal in pirated content but which many believed would give the government too much regulatory power over domestic Internet operations.

The online protest generated hundreds of thousands of emails and phone calls to Congressional office.

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3 Responses to "Protest stalls anti-piracy bill"

  1. Bill Cravener  January 21, 2012 at 9:31 am

    The online protest generated hundreds of thousands of emails and phone calls to Congressional office.

    Yep, and I was one of those hundreds of thousands. I’ve been a software developer for over 20 years and my utilities are often pirated by Torrent and software download sites but I’ll be damned if I’ll tolerate this governments attempt at internet censorship.

    • Carl Nemo **==  January 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Good show Bill Cravener on this one and I too supported the protest.

      My concern is once the ‘camel’, our government, gets it’s nose under the tent, there’s no stopping the statist creep with evermore draconian censorship and control. We’re already “dead men walking” as a nation, so every bit of resistance helps to maintain our passing, free society, what little of it remains.

      I often wonder if Congress doesn’t hatch these bills simply to shakedown corporate interests whether by fear of passage or the opposite of not passing? Seemingly these crimpols can plump their campaign coffers, PAC’s etc. simply via creating these fear-based bills. They’ve finnessed their feeding at the public trough to a high artform.

      Yeah it took alot of protests to stop this, but we have done so, but it took massive donations; I.E. ‘grease’ both corporate and private contributions along with calls, fax’s and no doubt some folks showing up in their offices for a less than friendly ‘sit down’.

      Carl Nemo **==

  2. Sandy Price  January 21, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Good for you Bill. We all realize the Internet to be the most open form of communication possible. I tend to by pass Wikipedia information except to determine age, location and basic agendas of people of interest. I, for one, read the article about Senator Santorum’s wife having an affair with an abortion doctor and passed it on here. It was simply a way to point out the hypocrisy of these religious power seekers. I had a short affair with a doctor but he had no interest in art and music and I decided not to continue. I never asked him if he did abortions. I played it safe by marrying a Doctor of Nuclear physics and never asked him if he nuked anyone.

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