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SOPA Shelved by Congress and Opposed by Obama, Is Effectively Dead

Over the weekend, President Obama publicly declared his administration’s opposition to the controversial internet censorship bill being introduced in Congress known as the Stop Online Piracy Act, better known as SOPA. (The opposition includes both versions of the bill, the House of Representatives’ SOPA and the Senate’s Protect IP Act aka PIPA, which is still, technically, alive.) And now, after a continuous loss of support and facing severe and vocal opposition from the public, the House has shelved the bill, and it is what insiders like to call “Dead On Arrival.” But what about PIPA? Well, it’s what I like to call a “Dead Bill Walking.”

If we’re being completely accurate, the bill has not been done away with completely. The correct term is “shelved indefinitely.” And that means that the bill’s sponsors who refuse to see this thing die will revisit it at another time, make some changes to it (that we will still not accept, most likely), and bring it up at a later date. Said House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA):

“While I remain concerned about Senate action on the Protect IP Act, I am confident that flawed legislation will not be taken up by this House. Majority Leader [Eric] Cantor has assured me that we will continue to work to address outstanding concerns and work to build consensus prior to any anti-piracy legislation coming before the House for a vote.”

And we all know how much House Republicans like to “build consensus” with their Democratic colleagues in the House of Representatives.

Anyway, politics aside, there were vocal opponents of both bills from every part of the political spectrum — Republicans, Democrats, liberals, conservatives, moderates, everyone. No one wanted this bill to happen, except for its sponsors. And a few corporations who may or may not have realized how far, exactly, this thing was meant to reach. (Like putting people in prison for posting copyrighted material, for example, or wiping out entire web sites that featured what someone might consider copyrighted material.)

But a major nail in the coffin came this weekend, when President Obama’s technology advisors expressed their severe concerns about the reach of the bill and the chilling effect it would have on free expression on the internet. Obama then promised to veto the bill in any form if it made it to his desk. One of SOPA’s main sponsors, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), removed the provision that would have required ISPs to block any offending web sites, but the damage was done after the Administration’s statement.

And while PIPA lives in the Senate — for the moment — even if it was to pass (which is already unlikely), it would not survive the President’s veto.

So, we can rest easy for the moment. We have a President who does not want to see this happen, who believes in the First Amendment and freedom of expression, and not stifling creativity on the internet. And that’s a good thing.

(via The Hill, Extreme Tech, Tech President, InfoWars)

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  • Mika “Ipstenu” Epstein

    Even so, we should STILL step up and go dark on the 18th. Just because THIS was turfed does not mean the fight is over. The fact that our normal media outlets didn’t take this on is horrifying. Heck, this very site would be hugely at risk if anything like that passes. I help with a lot of fansites, and was shocked when I found out how many people knew nothing about the mess.

    I still plan on taking four fan-sites dark on the 18th, and I encourage everyone to do it, too. I don’t do this lightly – I’ve never, in 15 years of running sites, ever gone dark before for anything. But this we should. And I bet you anything we get another version of these in six months.

  • nathan bruch

    you do realize that Rupert Murdoch is the driving force behind this bill and he owns a majority of all the media outlets in the world, his money and connections are the only reason this bill got off the ground in the first place. and you are right hes not going to give up that easly.

  • JoAnna Luffman

    So, Fox is the new Illuminati? 

  • nathan bruch

    fox and cnn’s parent company (warner bros.) are both owned by rupert murdock, no conspiracy though, both companys say that they are owned by him every time his name comes up in the news, so not conspiracy just people not paying attention 

  • Mika “Ipstenu” Epstein

    And THAT is why I’m still going dark. FOX already s**tbagged fansites back in the X-Files days (if you had screencaps, you got a C&D). I know exactly what they’re capable of and likely to do. Which is why I’m not stopping. 

    I’m taking CSI sites down on the day the first new ep of 2012 airs. I may only be able to hit 400-1000 people, but that’s 400-1000 people who probably have no idea what’s going on. 

    Keep the blackout and educate the masses. FOX sure won’t report on it, so we should.

  • Nick Gaston

    Unfortunately, it turns out “Ding, Dong the Witch is Dead” is STILL copyright blocked on Youtube. Parthian bastids…

  • Chuvox

    quote: “And while PIPA lives in the Senate — for the moment — even if it was to
    pass (which is already unlikely), it would not survive the President’s

    That was the same thing said about the NDAA which Obama ended up signing after all…

  • Sheila

    Time Warner, CNN’s parent corporation, is not owned by Rupert Murdoch. He may own stock in the corporation, but he certainly doesn’t run it.

  • Anonymous

    That was the same thing said about the NDAA which Obama ended up signing after all…

    Yep.  I will always and forever remain puzzled by people who trust Obama’s word on such things.  That guy just *loves* him some compromising.  He just can’t say no to that stuff. 

    I hope a lot of sites still plan to go dark on the 18th.  This fight is far from over.  It’s just begun, and it will continue for a very, very long time, what with the political power that so many of these huge corporations have in the U.S.

  • Keith Renderman

    And nothing of value was lost……

  • Robin Hudson

    Don’t relax just yet. They’ll sneak PIPA by will you aren’t watching.

  • LRC

    I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the people who whine about an encroaching NWO are quite often for using tactics and passing measures remarkably NWO-like.

  • Anonymous

    I read this: “PIPA lives in the Senate” and sprayed my monitor with tea. You can tell that your bill proposal is a pile of dung when the acronym means “cunt” in another language.

  • Nuchtchas

    THANK YOU! this is just what I was thinking.  So he says he will Veto, he said that before and worse legislation has gone through

  • Null

    Ever tried selling Sierra Mist in Germany?