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US Crackdown On Web Piracy 'Shelved'
Sky News ^

Posted on 01/16/2012 2:45:18 PM PST by Sub-Driver

US Crackdown On Web Piracy 'Shelved'

9:28pm UK, Monday January 16, 2012

US plans to legislate against internet piracy appear to have been effectively shelved after Barack Obama came out against it and Congressional leaders reportedly said a vote would not be held "unless there is consensus".

The bill, popularly known as the 'Stop Online Privacy Act' or Sopa, had been hotly opposed by tech giants such as Google and Facebook.

User-generated website Reddit had vowed to carry out a blackout on January 18 in protest against the bill, with Wikipedia possibly following suit.

Today, California congressman Darrell Issa, who opposes Sopa, was reported as saying that House majority leader Eric Cantor had told him there would be no vote "unless there is consensus on the bill".

The statement was widely taken as a death knell for the bill by online observers, with many on Twitter saying it had been "shelved" - although no official announcement declaring it has been withdrawn has yet been released.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.sky.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: pipa; s968; sopa; sopashelved; sopasidelined

1 posted on 01/16/2012 2:45:21 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

How much money are these Tech Giants giving to both Parties?


2 posted on 01/16/2012 2:48:13 PM PST by mortal19440
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To: Sub-Driver

Good. Now we need to make sure that our politicians know the cost of ever bringing it back up.


3 posted on 01/16/2012 2:49:18 PM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Good. Now crumple it up and throw it in the can.


4 posted on 01/16/2012 2:53:11 PM PST by Track9 (There IS revolution brewing..)
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To: Sub-Driver

They’ll probably attach it to some defense spending bill or something.


5 posted on 01/16/2012 2:55:33 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Sub-Driver

The Senate version PIPA (S. 968) is still in play.


6 posted on 01/16/2012 2:55:39 PM PST by opentalk
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To: Sub-Driver
So, the first outlet to report this reinforcement of free speech is from somewhere other than the U.S.

Appalling.

7 posted on 01/16/2012 2:59:58 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Sub-Driver; Admin Moderator; Jim Robinson

This is absolutely wonderful news. This thread needs to be in breaking news. Especcially since this is Free Republic!


8 posted on 01/16/2012 3:01:55 PM PST by upchuck (Let's have the Revolution NOW before we get dumbed down to the point that we can't.)
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To: mortal19440

Google and facebook are neck-deep in liberal, Dumocrap poo so’s Craigslist and Wikipedia. Funny how these commie-loving companies start throwing a hissy-fit when their own companies are thrown into the fire. Google cannot operate without search queries so they had to join the “fight”.


9 posted on 01/16/2012 3:11:35 PM PST by max americana (Obama is a POS)
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To: Sub-Driver

It looks like we might have won this battle.


10 posted on 01/16/2012 3:26:29 PM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: struggle
It looks like we might have won this battle.

When you have thousands of rocks thrown at you on a constant basis you are bound to get missed once in a while.

Tyrants NEVER give up, that's why they should all be hung.

11 posted on 01/16/2012 3:35:05 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Sub-Driver

US plans to legislate against internet piracy appear to have been effectively shelved after Barack Obama came out against

Obama finally stopped fence sitting and fell off the fence into the largest pile of cash


12 posted on 01/16/2012 3:48:37 PM PST by molson209
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To: elkfersupper

It’s from abroad but it’s a Murdoch outlet. Murdoch himself tweeted something today against SOPA and our Dear Reader.


13 posted on 01/16/2012 3:53:50 PM PST by irgbar-man (had to sell my good tagline for food)
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To: Sub-Driver

They are LIARS ........ Watch em !! They ain’t done with this BS.

My opinion...


14 posted on 01/16/2012 4:06:52 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Sub-Driver
US Crackdown Ending of Web Piracy PRIVACY 'Shelved'
15 posted on 01/16/2012 4:16:31 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: Sub-Driver
Sic Semper Internetus Tyrannis.
16 posted on 01/16/2012 4:22:18 PM PST by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in the panties of American history, 0bama is the yellow stain in front.)
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To: molson209
Obama finally stopped fence sitting and fell off the fence into the largest pile of cash

Mixed bag for him, since the Hollywood crowd was for this bill and they gave gim a ton of support last time around.

17 posted on 01/16/2012 4:25:35 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: upchuck

Yes finally some good news.


18 posted on 01/16/2012 5:07:45 PM PST by Democrat_media (China is destroying all our jobs and manufacturing ability. China makes everything.)
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To: driftdiver

“They’ll probably attach it to some defense spending bill or something.”

Bingo. It will be slipped into something like the “Taking Care of Our Military Families and Homeless Puppy Dogs Act.”


19 posted on 01/16/2012 5:08:53 PM PST by PastorBooks
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To: gogogodzilla

“Now we need to make sure that our politicians know the cost of ever bringing it back up.”

Or that they know the cost of even bringing it up AT ALL. There is no excuse for this. The GOP worked hard to pass this,,in an election year, then made Obama look like a hero, “saving” the internet.
Unbelievable.


20 posted on 01/16/2012 5:14:19 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: Sub-Driver

Tort reform
Copyright reform
Patent reform

Three big reforms that we’ve been promised since 1980 that have yet to show up. Instead, we’ve just gotten shafted time and time again... Copyrights extended for all intents and purposes forever, violating the ‘limited time’ clause of the constitution, and negating the value exchange of protecting a piece of ‘useful arts’ in exchange for public domain rights later.

The patent office says that the sitting on a swing and swaying it sideways method patent can be overturned if someone takes the issue to court, but will not cancel the method patent on their own.

And tort reform.. US courts presently have the power to seize any amount of money without restraint for any purpose or reason. That still has not changed...


21 posted on 01/16/2012 5:39:25 PM PST by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Did you link to the correct article? I can’t find the text in your post... (hope it’s accurate!)


22 posted on 01/16/2012 5:55:39 PM PST by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: DesertRhino
Or that they know the cost of even bringing it up AT ALL. There is no excuse for this. The GOP worked hard to pass this,,in an election year, then made Obama look like a hero, “saving” the internet.

Unbelievable.


Best statement in the thread. This legislation is something that Obama would dream up and that Republicans should fight. Instead Republicans were driving this legislation and Obama looks like the defender of the internet.

Pathetic.
23 posted on 01/16/2012 6:48:23 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Good, something else the Demwit a-holes can blame on the Pubbies during the 2012 campaign, effin’ gridlock makin’ bastards. ;’) Thanks Sub-Driver.


24 posted on 01/16/2012 7:33:17 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: opentalk
The Senate version PIPA (S. 968) is still in play.

If the Liberal Messiah's damnation of the House version doom it, why would it not doom the Senate version?

25 posted on 01/16/2012 7:49:04 PM PST by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: af_vet_rr
and Obama looks like the defender of the internet.

He was just defending algores invention.

26 posted on 01/16/2012 7:55:40 PM PST by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: All

To: English Wikipedia Readers and Community
From: Sue Gardner, Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director
Date: January 16, 2012

Today, the Wikipedia community announced its decision to black out the English-language Wikipedia for 24 hours, worldwide, beginning at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18 [Eastern Standard Time is UTC-5 hours]...

The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United States—the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECTIP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate—that, if passed, would seriously damage the free and open Internet, including Wikipedia.

This will be the first time the English Wikipedia has ever staged a public protest of this nature, and it’s a decision that wasn’t lightly made.


27 posted on 01/16/2012 8:36:07 PM PST by deks ("...the battle of our time is the battle of liberty against the overreach of the federal government")
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To: Sub-Driver

If this idiocy got shut down then that’s a good thing; at least Obama’s good for something every once in a while (this is probably the first). Online piracy is a problem, but it’s one that needs to be fought with something other than a shotgun.
On top of which, the basic premises - that one can effectively block individuals within a geographic area from obtaining access to sites they really want to access - is false; the only people who get stopped are the kiddies and those who just surf and don’t dig into things. For those who want to get access to pirated stuff, there’s always some way to get around the barricade - the Chinese firewall isn’t completely leak-proof. As a simple example, there is always the judicious use of an anonymizing system such as the Tor network - if US government agents use it to obscure their internet tracks, then it’s almost certain that motivated individuals seeking pirated IP can do the same thing, and once someone brings something onshore that way, then the blocks proposed by this legislation become pointless in any event. Essentially, this is the i-Maginot Line.


28 posted on 01/16/2012 8:44:10 PM PST by Oceander (TINSTAAFL - Mother Nature Abhors a Free Lunch almost as much as She Abhors a Vacuum)
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To: Sub-Driver

Mayhaps Step 1 of the crackdown is to announce that the plan is “shelved”.


29 posted on 01/16/2012 8:45:25 PM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: Jyotishi

We know better, don’t we?

Hollywood, the MPAA and RIAA want this bill. They’ll do anything, pay anything, sleep with anyone to get this bill passed. Who cares if it breaks the internet? Obamacare was hated and turncoats in the house and senate voted for it anyway...then decided to “retire” when they realize they’d never win an election again. If/when this gets crammed through, those legislators will land in nice, cushy lobbyist jobs with a bigger paycheck and longer vacations.

Twitter is doing a good job of fighting this thing, even though TPTB think it’s “silly.” FB and Google need to help educate casual internet users just what dismantling or intentionally outlawing DNS will do.


30 posted on 01/16/2012 8:51:36 PM PST by Kieri (The Conservatrarian)
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To: Squantos

Yup. It’s been “shelved.”

Not “They took it to the middle of the Mojave and drove a spike through its heart.”


31 posted on 01/16/2012 11:04:03 PM PST by glock rocks (http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html)
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To: max americana
Google cannot operate without search queries so they had to join the “fight”.

Can you operate without search engine queries? What are you going to do? Go to the library? Look in the card catalog? Ask the nice librarian?

Sorry, but I'm 100% in Google's corner on this one!

32 posted on 01/16/2012 11:08:34 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: Kieri
Hollywood, the MPAA and RIAA want this bill. They’ll do anything, pay anything, sleep with anyone to get this bill passed.

That's all we need to know. How many GOP votes are there in Hollywood?

Any legislation or failure to legislate that screws Hollywood is free to the GOP!

Any Democrat votes cast in response would have been forthcoming in any case. Thus, vote anti-Hollywood is a no-brainer.

33 posted on 01/16/2012 11:20:20 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: mortal19440

The real question is how much money is the big media industry giving to both parties.

This bill was a pretty insane move on the part of any republican. It will not gain them any support among the leftist dominated media and will lose them big time support among the people. It was lose-lose for any republican from day 1.

I find myself wondering if Congressional republicans really want to win in 2012. Part of me thinks they are intentionally sabotaging our band out of a desire to keep the goverment they serve powerful. That they would rather just be an influential minority in an all powerful Federal Goverment then be in a position where they have to seriously cut down the same power.


34 posted on 01/16/2012 11:25:06 PM PST by Monorprise
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To: Squantos

More than an opinion, you’re exactly correct.


35 posted on 01/16/2012 11:40:45 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: MV=PY

I found the story with a Google search, but it seems that most all of the sources are UK news services. You would think that this would appear in the US media outlets as it affected the US.

From one of the articles

“In response, Sopa supporter News Corp Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch, said on Twitter: “So Obama has thrown in his lot with Silicon Valley paymasters who threaten all software creators with piracy, plain thievery.”

http://www.lbc.co.uk/us-crackdown-on-web-piracy-shelved-49837


36 posted on 01/17/2012 3:23:55 AM PST by listenhillary (Look your representatives in the eye and ask if they intend to pay off the debt. They will look away)
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To: PastorBooks

“They’ll probably attach it to some defense spending bill or something.

Bingo. It will be slipped into something like the “Taking Care of Our Military Families and Homeless Puppy Dogs Act.”

Then pass it at midnight on Christmas Eve hoping no one sees or hears about it.


37 posted on 01/17/2012 3:43:49 AM PST by lgjhn23
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To: Sub-Driver; All

Uh, there is still PIPA and the blackouts are against that as well.

These are dangerous bills, and I am glad to see them look less likely to pass.

Obama is on the right side for once.


38 posted on 01/17/2012 9:32:32 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: irgbar-man; All

Actually, Murdoch is SUPPORTING SOPA.

He attacked Google the other day. Murdoch is on the wrong side here.


39 posted on 01/17/2012 9:34:17 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: DesertRhino
The GOP worked hard to pass this,,in an election year, then made Obama look like a hero, “saving” the internet.

I want Lamar Smith's head on a platter for this fiasco.

40 posted on 01/17/2012 10:26:25 AM PST by transducer
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To: rwfromkansas

Murdoch is a weasel. I used to defend him on the phone-hacking scandal, but no more — he’s the captain, and he’s responsible for what happens on his ship.


41 posted on 01/17/2012 10:42:49 AM PST by transducer
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To: Squantos
They are LIARS ........ Watch em !! They ain’t done with this BS.

Learned my lesson after repeatedly hearing of the death of Obamacare.

Within 12 months this will be law of the land.

42 posted on 01/17/2012 11:32:57 AM PST by Lazamataz (Every single decision Obama makes is to harm America.)
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To: Sub-Driver
"Shelved" means "wait until the heat is off and try again later".

Don't we have any real conservatives to run in Lamar Smith's district? Or at least people with enough brains to know that you don't spend political capital to advance the enemy's agenda?

43 posted on 01/17/2012 2:21:37 PM PST by transducer
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To: unixfox
Tyrants NEVER give up, that's why they should all be hung.

Lets stick with voting them out of office. I would not trust anyone with the power to "hang" others based on their own determination of Tyranny. What kind of person would end up craving such a job...other than a bigger tyrant.

44 posted on 01/18/2012 4:03:33 PM PST by AndyTheBear
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