Hope Against SOPA

Two announcements today give hope that the vile SOPA/Protect IP Acts can be deleted. First, SOPA author Lamar Smith has backed down from some of the worst provisions:

Rep. Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), one of the biggest backers of the Stop Online Piracy Act, today said he plans to remove the Domain Name System requirements from the Stop Online Piracy Act.

“After consultation with industry groups across the country,” Smith said in a statement released by his office, “I feel we should remove DNS-blocking from the Stop Online Piracy Act so that the [U.S. House Judiciary] Committee can further examine the issues surrounding this provision.

Patrick Leahy has said he plans to strip those provisions from PIP. I’d like to think the backlash is responsible for this. But the backlash is not going to change Congress’ cringing servility to the entertainment industry or counter the ridiculous lies spewed by their representatives. I suspect the SOPA supporters hope to pass a lesser version, then slip through changes when no one is looking.

The other good news it that the Obama Administration has also come out against SOPA. However, I suspect their opposition will vanish once the DNS provisions are removed. Either that, or they’ll issue a signing statement saying they won’t enforce any controversial provisions.

(The Administration seems to be realizing how much their pissing all over civil liberties for three years has riled some people. They have also said that the Constitution protects cell phone recordings from being seized. That is, their two most significant steps on civil liberties have waited until … an election year.)

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. SOPA may be dying, but it’s not dead. And even it were, it would not be dead forever. The entertainment industry will regroup, spend more money and come back again to make the internet their slave. Plans for internet blackouts and protests should proceed. They need to know that they’re being watched.

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  1. Section8

    Plans for internet blackouts and protests should proceed. They need to know that they’re being watched.

    Or just start voting in people who have a track record of saying no to this kind of nonsense. Instead of writing them off as insane or nutty. Just sayin’.

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  2. Hal_10000 *

    No that’s just crazy talk, SO. We all know that to support civil liberties you just vote for Democrats. Right? Right?! [looks at Obama’s record] Oh, shit.

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  3. Mississippi Yankee

    I fear that after the stock market falls through the floor tomorrow this may become a non-story.

    Standards & Poor downgraded nine, (9), NINE European countries late Friday. One of which was finger wagging Fwance. Italy is down in the BB range.

    If you don’t think we live in a global economy it would probably be best not to check your 401(K) or portfolio Monday.

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  4. Miguelito

    I’m kinda shocked that essentially nothing came of the downgrades in the market today. Hell, my company went up some.

    I didn’t expect a catastrophic drop, but you’d think something would’ve happened.

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  5. Mississippi Yankee

    but you’d think something would’ve happened.

    Something, or more specifically, some group is propping up a market that isn’t backed by any tangible assets.

    Granted they had all weekend to move the chess pieces but still…

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  6. hohokiss

    Wikipedia is going down for 24 hours. Its that online Commie rag been spreading lies as fact for a decade now.

    Wikipedia, one of the highest-traffic sites on the Internet, will shut down for 24 hours in protest of anti-piracy bills, which the website says would make it very difficult — maybe impossible — for its nonprofit encyclopedia to continue to operate.

    For-profit is where its at, folks

    CommieNN: I think a lot of people are still confused by the debate over these piracy laws. Can you explain your position in a clear, succinct way? Why are you so opposed to these (anti-piracy) laws that you would blackout your website?

    Wales: Within our community we’re very strong defenders of copyright. We have very strict rules about obeying copyright and we don’t link to materials that we know to be copyright infringement. That isn’t really the issue. The other side will try to paint this as anybody who’s opposed to this must be making money off of piracy or be in favor of piracy. That isn’t true. The issue here is that this law is very badly written, very broadly overreaching and, in at least the Senate version, would include the creation of a DNS (domain name system) blocking regime that’s technically identical to the one that’s used by China. I don’t think that’s the right way the U.S. needs to go in taking a leadership role on the Internet
    But when it comes to First Amendment concerns, censoring the Internet is never going to be the right answer. .

    Censoring a la “STFU your a fag looser doshbag fuck off ashole” is the right answer, spelling incl. And playing God, blocking users.

    Wales: One of the provisions in the Senate version, which is still out there, is that under certain circumstances Internet providers would be required to block access to sites, by removing them from the DNS entry list. So if you type in the domain of a site that’s been accused of being devoted to infringement of copyright you wouldn’t get an answer of whether that site exists. That’s exactly what China does. They do blocking at the DNS level.

    Chinas not the enemy, Iran is.

    Wales: Free speech includes the right to not speak. We are a community of volunteers. We have written this thing that we believe to be a gift to the world. We don’t charge people for it. It’s freely available to anybody who wants to (use it). We are a charity. And I think it’s important for people to realize that the ability of our community to come together and give this kind of gift to the world depends on a certain legal infrastructure that makes it possible for people to share knowledge freely — that the First Amendment is incredibly important in terms of the creation of this kind of thing.

    1st Amendment/copyright means nothing to much of the Internet, its me, me, fucking me, fags

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