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House, Senate Postpone Piracy Bills (SOPA/PIPA) Under Pressure
National Journal ^ | January 20, 2012 | Josh Smith, Dan Friedman and Juliana Gruenwald

Posted on 01/20/2012 8:19:27 AM PST by abb

Capping a dramatic week of protests and legislative maneuvering, leaders in the Senate and the House announced on Friday that they are backing off efforts to pass a pair of controversial bills to crack down on foreign websites that use pirated content.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced that he will postpone a cloture vote on the Senate’s Protect IP Act, originally scheduled for Tuesday. And in the House, Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said he will postpone consideration of the House version until more agreement can be found.

Congress backed off the legislation after an unprecedented online protest on Wednesday by an estimated 115,000 websites and 13 million Internet users that catapulted the debate onto the national stage. At least eight former cosponsors of the Protect IP Act have defected, and support is waning for the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act, which aims to give U.S. officials more tools for combating international piracy and copyright infringement.

“In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the Protect IP Act,” Reid said in a statement.

Wikipedia, Craigslist, and other high-profile websites went so far as to black out their entire sites in protest against the legislation. Critics say the measures would limit free speech and harm the open nature of the Internet.

Now that dramatic show of force by Internet companies large and small seems to have paid off.

SOPA has yet to clear the House Judiciary Committee, despite ardent work by Smith. And the Senate bill, which had been on a relatively fast track after the Judiciary Committee unanimously approved it in May, looks equally doomed.

Just as the Web protests were roundly dismissed and disparaged by the bills’ supporters, Reid’s decision to back off sparked sharp reaction from Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who sponsored the Protect IP Act.

“I understand and respect Majority Leader Reid’s decision to seek consent to vitiate cloture on the motion to proceed to the Protect IP Act,” Leahy said in a statement. “But the day will come when the senators who forced this move will look back and realize they made a knee-jerk reaction to a monumental problem.”

Smith, meanwhile, said that it is "clear that we need to revisit the approach” on combating piracy.

The decision marks a failure for many in the traditionally strong entertainment lobby, which had pushed hard for the legislation.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: congressdelayssopa; congresstablessopa; hollywood; internet; pipa; sopa
This just in...
1 posted on 01/20/2012 8:20:05 AM PST by abb
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; Caipirabob; carmenbmw; ...

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2 posted on 01/20/2012 8:21:36 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Continue to contact your senators and let them know that we do NOT want SOPA/PIPA.

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm


3 posted on 01/20/2012 8:22:12 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: abb

Kept quiet until being rammed through during Obama’s lame-duck months?


4 posted on 01/20/2012 8:23:48 AM PST by Erik Latranyi
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To: abb

As if we don’t have worse problems that we have to waste time with this.


5 posted on 01/20/2012 8:23:56 AM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: abb

As with ALL Federal laws in recent memory, this is not about “piracy” or any other possible good for society - this is simply an enormous power grab by tyrants bent on keeping We the People under their scrutiny and control, and that’s a “bad” for society.


6 posted on 01/20/2012 8:27:03 AM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: abb

“Majority Leader Reid’s decision to seek consent to vitiate cloture on the motion to proceed...”

LOL!

Senate Kabuki translation:

“Reid’s gotten us big bucks from Hollywood for writing this.
Now he’ll get us big bucks from the internet giants to amend it- and even more big bucks from Hollywood not to amend it too much.”


7 posted on 01/20/2012 8:31:34 AM PST by mrsmith (What Tea Party nominee have you found for your House seat?)
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To: abb

Their masters have spoken, this will get done.

Another poster said it, I can’t who remember or I’d credit him/her, to paraphrase:

Congress doesn’t understand tech, but they do understand legalise. They’ll modify it and ram it through.


8 posted on 01/20/2012 8:32:39 AM PST by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: bgill

This is more important than it first appears. These bills hand over command and control of the internet to Holder and his people.
If they can stop communication between people at a whim they have shut down one more way they can be challenged. There is a manifest need for people to be able to organize and exchange ideas electronically. Why are the dictators of the world so afraid of the internet?


9 posted on 01/20/2012 8:38:27 AM PST by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: abb
I just contacted my Congressman's office in Washington DC .. Congressman John Carter, 31st District in Texas .. and, after voicing my opposition to SOPA, I was informed that Congressman Carter has withdrawn his support of the bill.

Keep up the fire ... the opposition is beginning to crumble ...

10 posted on 01/20/2012 8:45:58 AM PST by BlueLancer (Secede?! Y'all better just be thankful we don't invade ...)
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To: bgill
As if we don’t have worse problems that we have to waste time with this.

This is a very big deal. It has nothing to do with piracy and everything to do with controlling communication.

Passing this as it stands is a significant step to despotism. Or rather, it will bring the despotism into the open without the smoke and mirrors. They don't like what you are saying on your site? No problem, they shut it down. Once that starts, we are in a heap of trouble.

Communication is essential to dissent. And Obama's people (and many Republicans) have not been subtle in their disgust with the internet's capability of communicating (uncontrolled) information and dissent.

They don't give a damn about piracy except as a tool for extorting funds.

11 posted on 01/20/2012 9:27:09 AM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: abb

The operative word here is “postpone”. The villians-in-office were taken off guard by Internet Alert members of the public who were wise to this bipartisan bit of treachery.

They are HOPING the issue will coool off, the light of scrutiny on them and their insidious matings with special interest groups, and this repugnant legislation will fade. THEN they will try to strike again.

Its OUR responsibilty to continue to monitor these demons on this issue and make sure our Internet peers are aware of their machinations.

My guess is their NEXT step will be to attempt to HIDE this in some monstrous irrelevant Omnibus Bill, like Funding for Children, Wildlife, Apple Pie and the American Way.


12 posted on 01/20/2012 9:39:47 AM PST by ZULU (LIBERATE HAGIA SOPHIA!!!!!)
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To: bgill

Puzzling reaction on your part, given your tagline....


13 posted on 01/20/2012 9:50:23 AM PST by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: All

They will find a way to cram it in a emergency appropriations bill.


14 posted on 01/20/2012 10:06:28 AM PST by pepperhead (Kennedys float, Mary Jos don't)
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To: SumProVita
BUMP!

We need to tighten their screws for sure!

15 posted on 01/20/2012 10:16:21 AM PST by diji (IF YOU DON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS, PLEASE, FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM !)
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16 posted on 01/20/2012 11:42:50 AM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: abb

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/sopa-action-delayed/2012/01/20/gIQAFxYhDQ_story.html
SOPA action delayed in House until ‘wider consensus’

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204301404577172703397383034.html?mod=WSJ_hp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsTop
Antipiracy Bills Put on Hold in Congress

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/21/technology/senate-postpones-piracy-vote.html?_r=1&hp
Senate Delays Vote on Piracy Bill as House Balks, Too

http://www.mediabistro.com/prnewser/sopa-pipa-bills-postponed-because-everyone-hates-them_b32886
SOPA, PIPA Bills Postponed Because Everyone Hates Them

http://allthingsd.com/20120120/the-full-valenti-dodd-trades-his-olive-branch-to-tech-for-a-howitzer-after-sopapipa-gets-delayed/
The Full Valenti: Dodd Trades His Olive Branch to Tech for a Howitzer, After SOPA/PIPA Gets Delayed

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=48930
SOPA and PIPA opponents successfully delay Congressional action

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/248469/megaupload_takedown_proves_sopa_and_pipa_are_unnecessary.html
MegaUpload Takedown Proves SOPA and PIPA Are Unnecessary


17 posted on 01/20/2012 1:17:57 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb
Big surprise, most of the remaining support is from Democrats:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203750404577171270036110402.html

The push for antipiracy legislation brought lawmakers together for much of the past year, but in the Senate at least, the support that remains after nationwide protests appears to be mostly from Democrats.

It's a tougher call for some Democrats, thanks in part to the bill's strong union backing and the fact that Hollywood has opened its collective wallet wider for Democrats historically. The bill is a top priority of the Motion Picture Association of America, which hired veteran Democratic senator Chris Dodd as its chairman last year.

18 posted on 01/20/2012 1:21:36 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: abb
Anybody interested in this needs to read this thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2835685/posts
19 posted on 01/20/2012 8:22:00 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: abb

In the end, once Jimmy Wales (one of the co-founders of Wikipedia) announced that Wikipedia was going to “go dark” on January 18, 2012 as a protest against SOPA and PIPA, that got the attention of every MSM outlet and the story became front page news. When this happened, the public pressure was on, and it didn’t take long for Congress to quickly back down from supporting SOPA and PIPA—especially since 2012 is a major election year!


20 posted on 01/21/2012 7:15:32 AM PST by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: abb; All

Obama just ratified ACTA which will censor and destroy the Internet and so our freedom of speech. This ACTA was done in secret. The media kept it from the public , proof:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2838717/posts

Please help spread the word.


21 posted on 01/30/2012 4:49:42 AM PST by Democrat_media (China is destroying all our jobs and manufacturing ability. China makes everything.)
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To: SumProVita; All

Obama just ratified ACTA which will censor and destroy the Internet and so our freedom of speech. This ACTA was done in secret. The media kept it from the public , proof:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2838717/posts

Please help spread the word.


22 posted on 01/30/2012 4:50:20 AM PST by Democrat_media (China is destroying all our jobs and manufacturing ability. China makes everything.)
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To: Democrat_media

As an international treaty, ACTA requires ratification by the Senate and the House. This type of usurpation of power by Obama will eventually be negated.


23 posted on 01/30/2012 7:54:55 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: SumProVita

If that’s true we need to get active. But this article says ACTA is secret and the Senate and House are not involved.
Obama could be breaking the law and should be impeached and this horrible ACTA defeated. But people need to KNOW it exists first and what Obama did. But the media hides this.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2838717/posts

Obama Ratifies the ACTA Global Internet Censorship Agreement(W/O Senate)
The Real Agenda ^ | January 26, 2012 | Luis R. Miranda

Posted on 01/27/2012 6:18:00 AM PST by Texas Fossil

In another example of how little Barack Obama cares about the United States Constitution and the role of Congress -as bad as it can be- the current U.S. president ratified the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement or ACTA. President Obama had signed the first binding draft of ACTA last October 1, 2011, also in secret.

As we reported yesterday, ACTA is much more dangerous than SOPA, PIPA or OPEN, because it is the accord that legalizes internet censorship on a global basis. That is why presidents around the planet have received an signed the agreement without any review from their congresses or the people.


24 posted on 01/30/2012 6:21:43 PM PST by Democrat_media (China is destroying all our jobs and manufacturing ability. China makes everything.)
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To: Democrat_media

Call your Congress Critters and send information to Rush, Malkin, etc.

Obama is wrong on this. He must have the advice and consent of Congress....because it’s an international treaty.


25 posted on 01/31/2012 6:03:47 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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