Acknowledging Blackout, Politicians Ditch SOPA

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Acknowledging Blackout, Politicians Ditch SOPA

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Wait, does this mean that internet activism actually works?

Assuming you have eyeballs, you've likely noticed that a number of popular internet destinations have gone dark today in protest of SOPA. Keen to ingratiate themselves with the legions who are now left stranded without the collective wisdom of Wikipedia, a number of politicians have publicly dropped support for the proposed bill, and are theoretically urging others to do the same.

TechCrunch reports:

The online uproar against the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in Congress is already causing some in Washington to abandon the SOPA ship. The tide began to turn this weekend when a hearing scheduled for today was canceled and the White House pushed back on some of the more controversial portions of the House bill and its Senate counterpart, the Protect IP Act (PIPA).

Already, a couple of co-sponsors of the bill are pulling their support. Representative Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) is no longer a co-sponsor, and Representative Lee Terry (R-Neb.) is also planning to remove his name from the co-sponsor list ...

Continuing, the report points to a recent Facebook update authored by Michigan Republican representative Justin Amash, in which Amash diplomatically throws his support behind today's blackout:

On Wednesday, January 18, I will join others across the Internet in a 24-hour "blackout" to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate. These bills give the federal government unprecedented power to censor Internet content and will stifle the free flow of information and ideas. In protest, I have changed my profile picture and will temporarily disable your ability to post independent content on my Wall (although you still may comment under this post). Demand that Congress and the President keep the Internet open and free. Please borrow my profile pic, share this message, and contact your Representatives and Senators in Congress to urge them to protect your right to free speech by opposing SOPA and PIPA.

Likewise, Kotaku points out that Missouri rep Roy Blunt has pulled his support of PIPA and Gizmodo has word that PIPA co-sponsor Mark Rubio has abandoned the bill.

Meanwhile, Senator Ron Wyden, from my beautiful bohemian home state of Oregon, said that PIPA "establishes a censorship regime." Nicely done Mr. Wyden. Gold star for you.

Yay, right? Progress! SOPA is increasingly unpopular and the wired masses are vindicated in their lazy quest for free information (and, let's be honest, pornography). Now that that's settled, who's up for a petition to get Firefly back on the air?

Source: TechCrunch

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Oh man, if the MPAA was furious earlier about the blackouts, imagine how furious they are now.

This calls for..

...well I guess a small victory screech.

Regardless of anyone's sentiment on SOPA or PIPA, it is damn refreshing to see that:

A) Enough people got behind this blackout online to have a tangible effect

B) Their actions have born fruit so swiftly.

Welcome to the internet age, politicians. We've been waiting for you.

People across the world, of all ethnicity's and religions banding together for a common cause. Never thought i'd see the day, its beautiful.

Earnest Cavalli:

Yay, right? Progress! SOPA is increasingly unpopular and the wired masses are vindicated in their lazy quest for free information (and, let's be honest, pornography). Now that that's settled, who's up for a petition to get Firefly back on the air?

kinda disapointed the 'pornography' link didn't go there XD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-glb-_heEg

but this is good can it stay dead this time :(

I'm a bit disappointed that Google hasn't completely shut down its service, worldwide, in protest to SOPA and PIPA. That would have sent an even clearer message to the masses on top of everything else.

I feel The Oatmeal has the best blackout.

http://theoatmeal.com/sopa

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And this website could get shut down because I linked to this gif. And I could face five years in prison for this. If they really cared about me, but why take that chance? I'd like to post crap without fear of going to prison for linking an image on the internet.

EDIT: Also...

http://www.movieswithbutter.com/blogs/terms-revenue-third-best-ever-hollywood

Yeah, poor, poor Hollywood.

Fucking quacks.

Oh... hell yeah. This shit is actually working? A few big websites' act of supporting a protest is actually getting something done?
I love it. :D

Please keep us posted, Mr Cavalli.

We have not won the war, but this is a huge victory. We can't stop until SOPA and PIPA are defeated completely.

Now that's how you get things done.

Internet should turn its site on more things to get those idiots in congress to get off their lazy asses.

Good to hear that people are FINALLY getting the idea. Took 'm long enough.

Also, I quite like this black background...can we keep?

I wonder how many of them changed their mind when they found out their favourite website was blacked out... (or even just that "I can't get no Wikipeadai, I can't know things... this bad")

That was my reaction.

But it's not over yet, people! Let's fight hard to ensure this doesn't go through!

Oh, hey, my congressman is in the news. Hi Mr. Roy Blunt!

...

Joking aside, I'm glad he came around. Now if only Mrs. McCaskill could change her mind. She is up for re-election, and she can use the youth vote.

Also, Orrin Hatch just tweeted that he's against it now as well.

EDIT: It appears that Rep. Todd Akin said this over his twitter: "Todd absolutely OPPOSES #SOPA and will vote NO. Copyrights must be protected, but not at this cost. Open internet and free speech! #MOSen"

This image has never been more appropriate.
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LET'S KILL THIS BILL!

Kevlar Eater:
I'm a bit disappointed that Google hasn't completely shut down its service, worldwide, in protest to SOPA and PIPA. That would have sent an even clearer message to the masses on top of everything else.

There needs to be room for escalation if the Bill moves further towards completion. Today was more of a warning shot from the Internet. A much more stringent blackout could conceivably happen if SOPA/PIPA don't die in the next round.

I have no love for Wikipedia, but I agree with their protest and the other sites "blacking out" for today.

I live in the UK, so this does not really affect me like those in the US. But if PIPA or SOPA did go through, potentially it could act as a template for similar laws in other countries in the future.

Finally good to see the politicians listen to the people!

Earnest Cavalli:
Now that that's settled, who's up for a petition to get Firefly back on the air?

With all the SOPA rage going on, lets talk about something else.

Firefly did get a massive petition and thus Serenity was born. The same trick won't work twice. Also, Serenity concluded the series.

I still would like a continuation, but I don't really see it happening.

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PLEASE DIRECT ALL COMPLAINTS HERE.

Also, rotten fruit and vegatables to be thrown, and then give our boy, BB, a black eye for shits and giggles. STEP RIGHT UP!

Kross:

Kevlar Eater:
I'm a bit disappointed that Google hasn't completely shut down its service, worldwide, in protest to SOPA and PIPA. That would have sent an even clearer message to the masses on top of everything else.

There needs to be room for escalation if the Bill moves further towards completion. Today was more of a warning shot from the Internet. A much more stringent blackout could conceivably happen if SOPA/PIPA don't die in the next round.

I'm remind what my father told me about warning shots in self defense. "Caleb, you don't fire warning shots. You shoot until your magazine is empty, or the bad guy hits the ground".

I just found that funny when I thought about it. No real reason.

Man though, the MPAA must be PISSED

I dont know why, but I read that and right whne I got here:

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Continuing, the report points to a recent Facebook update authored by Michigan Republican representative Justin Amash, in which [link snip]Amash diplomatically throws his support behind today's blackout...

I thought that said the AMISH throw support behind it, and I was thinking if that honestly mattered. um, not that the Amish dont matter just they'd be really unlikely candidate to care either way.

Anyway, more OT, i dont know, any time I see something this like, I keep getting the feeling that we'll see SOPA once the president changes. Im hoping thats not true, but its just a weird feeling Im getting.

trollpwner:

That was my reaction.

But it's not over yet, people! Let's fight hard to ensure this doesn't go through!

I see your six seconds and raise you ten hours.

Congress, today you learned that hell hath no fury like the internet scorned. Now would be a good time to smother SOPA and PIPA with a pillow and put them out of their misery.

Also, I'd be on board for that Firefly campaign.

Roy blunt is one of my senators (Whom I've emailed before and received a very stubbornly worded reply about how amazing the bill is) and from what I know who is the ONLY representative of mine who ever supported either of the blacklist bills. Whether he's opened his eyes or not next time the polls open for him I'm replacing him (and urging all others to do the same). I have no need for a representative who does not listen to their constituents.

Edit: What the fluff is firefly?

it is not a politician's job to enact the laws THEY want, it is their job to be OUR voice. if this bill passes...
...i'm just reminded of something ayn rand said that until now was just a bit too objectivist even for me, but now i'm seeing it.
"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force"

Kross:

Kevlar Eater:
I'm a bit disappointed that Google hasn't completely shut down its service, worldwide, in protest to SOPA and PIPA. That would have sent an even clearer message to the masses on top of everything else.

There needs to be room for escalation if the Bill moves further towards completion. Today was more of a warning shot from the Internet. A much more stringent blackout could conceivably happen if SOPA/PIPA don't die in the next round.

I imagine it's also not in Google's best interest to show off exactly how much control they have over the flow of information on the internet. Everyone already knows on an academic level but they're better off not giving a demonstration.

Is this gonna be like yesterday, and tomorrow they'll see the blackout is done and give their support to SOPA again?
Still, huge win for activism! I've signed so many petitions today, and I'm not even a US citizen. Good to see it hasn't been for nothing!

Earnest Cavalli:
Now that that's settled, who's up for a petition to get Firefly back on the air?

Now that's a petition I'd sign in a heart beat. Can we make one to send to Fox? I think we could actually make a difference, people may be on a petition high right now. Do it!!

Oh, I almost forgot my vuvuzela.
BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!

Thank gawd my porn-daaaAAAH I mean ideas are safe.

Objective: Damage SOPA Complete!

Current Objective: Eradicate SOPA

Bonus Objective: Eradicate PIPA

Next Objective: USE INTERNET TO BRING ABOUT WORLD PEACE!

"Wait, does this mean that internet activism actually works?"

Sometimes, yes. I thought we already learned that when Family Guy was put back on the air.

It's nice to see some co-sponsors pull their support. It's even nicer that the blackout actually earned a response. Ben Quayle might not be from my district, buts nice to see someone from AZ come to their senses.

Mother of god... Gotham is not beyond saving... I mean, the internet is not beyond saving...

Its not over yet, until A VIABLE SOLUTION that means that any sort of legislation is obsolete.

So far all the actions have been effectively an artillery barrage (a powerful one at that) that has hit hard and shown the Politicians how dangerous trying to limit the internet can be.

Google, Twitter and Facebook doing a total blackout is effectively the NUCLEAR OPTION. If it is necessary for the big three to go dark then its clear the situation has reached a critical point.

Think about it... Facebook, Twitter and Google go down, Reddit and Wikipedia join the blackout. Worse still these five networks can spread the plan dangerously fast... the rumoured figure of 1500 Blackout and protests site today could easy triple.

Now this may seem irrelevant as Politicians seem to ignore the internet but what they can't ignore is mobilisation of the masses.

Here in the UK, the Cleanup Crew after the London riots multiplied quickly when Twitter and Facebook were used for something positive. Imagine what happens when the Blackout occurs on a site built for spreading news, pulling like minded people together and arranging and protests... the next day everyone will know about it and how to tell people they hate Politicians.

The Nuclear Option is needed as a last resort, the best thing is to now target supporters and make it clear the internet is here to stay and you have two options, ADAPT or DIE!

Unfortunately all my shitty CT elected officials are all supporting this nonsense. I did email all of them today explaining "why SOPA bad" though.

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