Skip to comments.It's Baaaaaaaaack: Lamar Smith Says SOPA Markup To Resume In February
Posted on 01/17/2012 2:04:11 PM PST by transducer
For all the talk from some that SOPA was "dead," it appears it's alive and well and getting ready for its big re-entrance. Lamar Smith has just sent out a press release saying that he intends to resume the markup in February...
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10-15 years ago he was a good guy. We voted for him a few times. What’s happened to him?!
Bad legislation seems to have all the characteristics of a particularly virulent form of foot fungus.
26 years in DC. That’s what happened.
He caught Washingtonitis. This is why we need term limits.
Thanks for this post. Interesting.
Welcome to Free Republic.
same with the large cuts to military, it was cloaked in a budget charade.
If not Feb, they will use Easter break or attach it to something else.
How much money is Lame Smith receiving from the RIAA and MPAA? We need to investigate those who are out front supporting this bad law and defeat it.
What I don’t understand is the stupidity of Republicans spending their political capital to advance Hollywood’s agenda. That’s like having our soldiers give blood to provide transfusions to wounded al-Qaeda militiamen.
Fearless leader Boehner sure has been quiet on this one. Is he holding out for more lobbyist payola?
It’s about time he looses his chairmanship. Perhaps he and Boehner can both retire.
RIAA and MPAA money. NBCUniversal also supports SOPA/PIPA, so expect the drool-a-thon to continue from *those* idiots.
I'm watching the conversation at Twitter now, and Julian Sanchez is awesome. Mike Masnick is doing his best to help stop this, and now Google will be contributing something on it's US page. More blackout notices to come.
Anybody hear from Jim Rob on this?
JimRob, any special action by FR tomorrow?
PS: Scott Brown (MA) announced he’s voting NO on SOPA (well...for now).
I live in this nitwit’s district and there is NO business or industry here affected by this. He has no legitimate reason to even be involved in this issue. This is simply, “give me enough money and I’ll gladly drop my pants and bend over.”
Between crap like this and the presidential primary fiasco, I despair that the Republican party has completely lost its mind. The thought of four more years of zero makes me want to puke!
Hope the voters, especially his campaign contributors, make him pay for it politically next election. Take him down before he gets the chance to “retire.”
I’m still working on getting an answer from the two boneheads that serve in the senate screwing over Michigan, Levin and Stabenow. I expect a breathtakingly pathetic and weasel-worthy response.
Bought by Hollywood money, and apparently staying bought.
The only thing I can recommend is FReepers man your phones!! Light up the switchboards!!
Top Senate Democrat Harry Reid: PIPA Will Go Forward
Someone hook Reid up to some blood transfusions. This man has to be anemic or on massive valium.
One of the few bills with many on both sides opposing and supporting. This bill needs killed.
Check him out on OpenSecrets.org
In the current cycle, TV/Movies/Music industry are the #1 industry group contributing to his campaign and his “Leadership Pac,” “Computers/Internet are #2, and “Lawyers/Law Firms” are #5, and “Lobbyists” are #7.
That $94 million bill is going to go a lot higher. If this hot mess passes in any way, shape or form there will be a lot more “retirements” before the next congressional election.
Well they will either retire w/ fat load of MPAA/RIAA money tucked away, or hopefully we will retire them.
What I find so fascinating/interesting about this, is the “Strange Bedfellows” that are formed on both sides of the issue.
Who would have thought Freepers basically agreeing w/ Al Gore’s position on an issue.
I think this one truly comes down to those that understand the way the Internet fundamentally works, and those that don’t or don’t care.
Looks like he's running unopposed for the Republican primary.
real estate broker Lainey Melnick (D) 27.9%
Lamar S. Smith (R) 68.9%,
tech writer James Arthur Strohm (L) 3.2%
Thankfully, the two biggest villians on this bill are Dems.
Chris Dodd led the fight to destroy Glass-Steagall, which led Directly to the financial collapse of 2008. Now, he chairs the MPAA and is fighting to destroy Internet freedom. Can there be a worse or more harmful politician? Even bribed-boy Lamar Smith only just started to do harm. Dodd has been doing it for years. Ron Wyden is one of the few people blocking the rush to Nazify the Net, but corrupt Harry Reid is going to override his filibuster. The Full Pockets boys are in town, that’s for sure, with MPAA and RIAA loot pouring in their pockets.
A friend of mine in the industry told me music promoters are more crooked than boxing promoters, and cheat the hell out of artists. Although two wrongs don’t make a right, it’s an old saw that the biggest crooks are the first ones to use the law against honest people. Insurance companies are known for it.
Amazingly, this totally deadlocked Congress is unable to pass Anything of importance. Yet they are lightning fast to run off a cliff when the Bribing Boys pass the money. Congress sucks. They are the most hated bunch of corrupt fools in the nation. Even more than banksters.
The big companies that don’t support the SOPA blackout may be sorry when they find just what zealots can do. WMG jackboots YouTube all the time, taking down harmless fan vids that actually promote their songs; but they’re too stupid and lawyer-ridden to see that. Crony capitalism - if you can’t win in the market, get crooked Congress to pass a law, in behalf of big bribes and revolving-door jobs, like the one Chris Dodd just got as Chairman of the MPAA. Must be nice. Rape the people, destroy the US economy, then get a big job.
“There is no natively American criminal class except Congress.” —Mark Twain
Actually, they grind up thousand dollar bills to make Senatorial enemas. Bribes at both ends, with Reid as the bendover king.
“Any of you that are webmasters out there can black out your own (or clients with their permission) sites by using this code:”
Okay, I guess the code wont show here, you can obtain the code from:
“Thankfully, the two biggest villians on this bill are Dems.”
Baloney,, last i checked we own the house and it’s committee chairs. It would be IMPOSSIBLE for this to pass without Repubs doing it.
The GOP,,in an election year, has decided to attack the internet, by passing a bill allowing the US Govt to shut down sites they want.
They are NO friends of freedom. I am beginning to suspect they are actually trying to throw this election. Their main goal is to defeat the TEA mindset,,,period.
GOP, attacking the internet, to assist Hollywood that hates them, and is allowing Obama to “save” the internet. It’s utterly insane.
I oppose SOPA, but have to object to your attack of people asking for their songs to not be used in YouTube videos. People who write songs have an absolute right to control their public use. Nobody have a “right” to other people’s property.
And the YouTube system, as it is, isn’t a bad way to handle it. Pretty much anybody can post anything, although YouTube does go after some things aggressively, mostly it takes down things only with objection. If I write a song, I can ask to have others not use it. That is how it should be.
THe problem with YouTube is straight-up censorship.
It’s the modern lack of ethics, people who think they have a right to free downloads of songs and movies, that gives teh government an excuse for SOPA. If people would behave, if they would be civil, and not be stealing intellectual property and acting like it’s their right, we wouldn’t be fighting SOPA now.
The Wikipedia blackout is “on”:
Yep. We can never get a rest. Just like with amnesty: beat it back with your dying breath, and then it comes back again. They figure one of these times, they’ll prevail. If not, they’ll get it piece by piece in other legislation.
Do the musicians really own the songs? Or is it the music companies?
That said, the big music companies, or at least some of them, are fools. Most YouTube posters of music are fans trying to promote music they like. And much of the material is that which you are not going to generally find on the airwaves, in the CD racks @ Wal-Mart, etc. I’ve seen great stuff taken down, and then who knows it exists? Certainly not any potential new fans / customers.
Even if a tune is popular, YouTube postings can help promote it. Further, YouTube’s audio and video quality is quite limited. Posters should be encouraged to opine on why viewers should buy the CD or DVD, audio and video quality being a good reason; supporting the artist another.
I have inquiries on YouTube right now, asking if posted tunes / vids are available on CD / DVD, and am tracking such inquiries by others, too. In other cases I’ve encouraged viewers to “get that DVD” or posted “you should hear this CD on a good stereo system!” And I’m not even the poster.
Do some people make compilations of YouTube vids? Maybe so, but it’s probably a losing money / time proposition, unless either the material is not available elsewhere, OR they are mass copying and distributing it, which is another matter entirely. And, as I said, either way the quality stinks.
The “reasons” Congress said they are passing these bills are just lies.
I'm glad wikipedia is blacking out to protest SOPA and PIPA. And even Google has a message on their website.People don't even know about this SOPA and PIPA as the mainstream media has not covered this. Need any more proof to see that the mainstream media is the worst enemy of the American people , the worst enemy of freedom?
Seems even representative democracy has gone in the trash, if nobody in his district even has a monetary dog in the fight. Might be different if it was a big music publisher.
Craigslist is also darked out.
Not to mention the takedown rules were never abolished... almost all of these songs on You Tube don’t exactly hide, you can find them by searching from its home page. If it’s yours and you do not consent to it being there, you alert You Tube and poof it’s gone. This was not good enough?