Tiffiny from Fight for the Future sez,

Google knows it. Viacom knows it. The Chamber of Commerce knows it. Internet democracy groups know it. BoingBoing knows it. But, the Internet hasn't been told yet -- we're going to get blown away by the end of the year. The worst bill in Internet history is about to become law. Law is very real here in the United States and legal language is often different than stated intentions -- this law would give government and corporations the power to block sites like BoingBoing over infringing links on at least one webpage posted by their users. Believe the EFF, Public Knowledge, Google when they say this bill is about much more than copyright, it's about the Internet and free speech everywhere.

The MPAA, RIAA, Hollywood knows that they have been flying in CEOs of as many companies as possible, recruiting people to get petition signups at malls in California, and here's the big point-- they know they have gotten their message through to Congress -- the worst bill in Internet history, the one where government and their corporations get unbelievable power to take down sites, threaten payment processors into stopping payment to sites on a blacklist, and throw people in jail for posting ordinary content is about to pass before the end of this year. The only thing that is going to stop Hollywood from owning the Internet and everything we do, is if there is a big surprise Internet backlash starting right now.

PROTECT IP (S. 968)/SOPA (HR. 3261) creates the first system for Internet censorship - this bill has sweeping provisions that give the government and corporations leeway and legal cover for taking down sites "by accident," mistakenly, or for NOT doing "enough" to protect the interests of Hollywood. These bills that are moving very quickly through Congress and can pass before Christmas aim to give the US government and corporations the ability to block sites over infringing links posted by their users and give ISPs the release to take any means to block peoples' sites, including slowing down your connection. That's right, some say this bill is a workaround to net neutrality and is bigger than net neutrality.

This is the worst piece of Internet legislation in history - the lawmakers who have been sponsoring (Leahy, Lamar Smith, Conyers) this bill need to be shamed by the Internet community for wasting taxpayer dollars on a bill that would break the very fabric of the Internet, create an Internet blacklist, kill jobs and great startup companies, huge blogs, and social networks.

Everyone, the entire Internet community needs to stand together if we don't want to see this bill actually become law. Internet and democracy groups are planning an Internet-wide day of protest called American Censorship Day on Wednesday, November 16th for the day Congress holds a hearing on these bills to create the first American Internet censorship system. Every single person with a website can join and needs to.

Boing Boing, Grooveshark, Free Software Foundation, The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, Demand Progress, Open Congress/PPF, TechDirt, Fight for the Future and dozens of other sites have created this day to ask you to join them to stop S. 978 and HR 3261, as hard as you can. Write them, protest, call them, protest, support your favorite sites, protest, sign a letter, block out your site, protest.

Many public intellectuals who are often the ones to help win the public interest over and over are about to come out to lead the charge to stop PROTECT IP/ SOPA - they have to when they learn that the House and Senate will be working to pass this bill before the Christmas. From those doing work on the hill, it's very clear we have been stacked comparatively lightly. The House bill has 40 co-sponsors and major industry support. The only thing that will change the dynamic now is if Congress gets a knock on their door by CEO"s of small and large tech companies, blogs, and news sites and if Internet users start piling on, one by one, and protest.

Tech companies, blogs, news sites are already in a death-do-die battle cry -- listen to them -- it's a few days before the hearing on this bill. But, we need more tech companies, blogs, new sites before the hearing on this bill. Help get them.

I've been trying to think about whether or not the world is going to end if this bill passes like it's supposed to -- and the answer is, "kind of yes". When small sites, and it's the small sites that get turned off in the night and no one for the most part notices, say my friend's political blog or news site gets blocked by the US government and she has no way to get it back up even though everything she did was legal according to current law, and no one can help her except she can choose to file suit to defend herself, I feel like I die inside a little. Living in a country where you are being shut out and left powerless to really defend yourself is like living in another country, the ones you hear about. Life starts to feel shot when that happens, especially to our friends or our favorites sites.

Every site who has user-generated content, posts links or videos to anything copyrighted in it could face new legal threats.

If a copyrights holder disliked links you have on your site, they could simply file a complaint with a payment processor (Visa, PayPal), who would then have 5 days to respond to their request or risk legal ramifications. If bills like this are allowed to pass, we'll be spending another $47 million dollars every year to help corporations fill out and enforce Internet blacklists.

Sites that would be legal under the DMCA and its safe harbor provisions would now risk losing everything for allowing user generated content. It also has added in the streaming felony bill that would make it so ordinary Internet users are at risk of going to jail for 5 years for post any copyrighted work that would cost $2,500 to license. And because copyright is so broad, that means videos with copyrighted music in the background, kids in a school play, people singing karaoke could all be a risk.

Because the law affects almost every Internet user and the sites they use every day and have come to love, and because granting sweeping blacklisting powers is just sickening to almost everyone, we need your help -- if you can encourage your favorite site to join the protest, and help drive the maximum number of people to contact Congress on November 16th (until the bill dies), please help.

These bills represent a major blow to openness and freedom on the Internet, free speech rights, and the fabric of the Internet itself. If SOPA is allowed to pass, the Internet and free speech will never be the same again.

SOPA: Hollywood Finally Gets A Chance to Break the Internet (EFF)

House takes Senate's bad Internet censorship bill, tries making it worse (Ars Technica)

Protect The Internet (Brad Feld)

Protecting The Safe Harbors Of The DMCA And Protecting Jobs (Business Insider)

S.978 - Commercial Felony Streaming Act


      1. Also, remember that — especially in the matter of copyright — the US legislature thinks its laws apply to the whole world, and that the US government is active in trying to persuade other countries on this.

        You know what we need, folks?  A whole other internet.  That we can force these idiots to move to.

  1. Here’s the congressional money trail from SOPA supporters in entertainment and publishing.
    How will they vote?

    Top recipients for ALL supporting interest groups

    Amount Received

    Sen. Harry Reid [D, NV]

    Sen. Charles Schumer [D, NY]

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D, NY]

    Sen. Barbara Boxer [D, CA]

    Sen. Michael Bennet [D, CO]

    Sen. Patrick Leahy [D, VT]

    Sen. Robert Portman [R, OH]

    Sen. Mark Kirk [R, IL]

    Sen. Ron Wyden [D, OR]

    Sen. Patty Murray [D, WA]

    Rep. Howard Berman [D, CA-28]

    Rep. Bruce Braley [D, IA-1]

    Rep. Michael Capuano [D, MA-8]

    Rep. Patrick Meehan [R, PA-7]

    Rep. Allyson Schwartz [D, PA-13]

    Rep. Eric Cantor [R, VA-7]

    Rep. John Barrow [D, GA-12]

    Rep. Gary Peters [D, MI-9]

    Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D, CA-8]

    Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D, NY-14]

    1. Tallies:

      Democrat – 16
      Republican – 4

      NY – 3
      CA – 3
      PA – 2
      NV – 1
      CO – 1
      VT – 1
      OH – 1
      IL – 1
      OR – 1
      WA – 1
      IA – 1
      MA – 1
      VA – 1
      GA – 1
      MI – 1

    2. Teller, I’d like to read more… do you have a source you could link me to that reports those Senators and how much money they have received?

    1. Create Canadian versions of websites blacklisted and prey that Canada doesn’t pass a similar law, which you know will likely block anything the US blocks.

      1. If you live in canada, this will work.  In the US, it won’t make a shit of difference.  They can block DNS associations at the ISP level with this bill.

    1. It’s not the spacing that’s lame-ass. It’s our bought-and-sold congress.

      Jesus that list is incredibly depressing.

      1. And what do they need all that money for?  Why to spend on MEDIA for their next campaign!  TV time is the Crack Cocaine of American Politics.  Until we get off of it (and the internet offers the best way – obviously a threat to Big Media), this will only get worse.

      2. This is one of the many reasons why I’m a republican.

        I’m curious though what Charles Schumer is doing on that list.  He was very vocal when Road Runner wanted to pilot a broadband cap in Rochester.  Topped with the fact Rochester is a very techy city it effectively killed Road Runner’s plans to cap not only here, but nation wide.Apparently he doesn’t realize this is very much in the same ballpark?

  2. Taken right from Mark Kirk’s website.

    “Today, as people continue to live in fear of persecution under dictatorship, American values of liberty, freedom and human dignity bring hope to millions. As a Senator, I will do my part to continue the great American tradition of standing up for human rights.”

    Really… so copywrite law trumps human rights? Never voting for this guy again if he votes for it.

  3. It would be fabulous to have a credit card provider who is not American. It would allow websites like Wikileaks and others to keep being able to receive donations without the shadows of the fascist American government.

    If this law passes, I can only assume (and hope) the next youtube, google etc of this world will take foot from outside of the USA. This nonsense got to stop!

  4. Corporations are powerful in the USA. Are Apple, Google, Facebook and all the rest of them fighting this bill? Hope so.

    1. It doesn’t look like it, that article is talking explicitly about FCC regulations, FCC is part of the executive branch and can regulate communication technologies without having laws passed.  SOPA is a law proposed in Congress.  SOPA is rather more serious for that reason.

  5. i actually emailed my senators and congressmen about this a while back and got a canned response about how its important to prevent internet piracy. the people pushing this bill forward are certainly being directed by lobbying dollars, but I think more fundamentally they are just ignorant of technology. 

    the idea that there is even such a thing as internet culture probably completely escapes them. to them, the purpose of the internet is for companies like amazon to sell us shit and make money. we’re talking about a body of people who’s average age is probably somewhere in 50s. i don’t think most of them have any sense whatsoever of the scope of these proposed actions, how much collateral damage will be caused, or why they should even care about said damage.  

    its the worst type of situation: representatives being paid to think a certain way on an issue they have very little personal knowledge of, that they see as unimportant and esoteric, with opposition to the law made up of people they view as “kids” or “hippies” or some other term that makes our views less important than business people with checks. like i said, i already “wrote my congressmen” but other than that, whats a guy to do to fight this thing? I’m just an internet consumer. 

    1. It’s not that they are in their 50s (I’m in my 50s and am 100% against this bill), but that they are “career” politicians who are not in it for the people they theoretically represent, but are in it for power and money. Time and time again I hear people gripe about politicians, and then vote the incumbent back in (“but the other could be worse” yeah, right; they are far too often the same). Too many of us are hoodwinked and manipulated by those in power to vote out of fear; those in power are wolves in sheep clothing misleading the believers. Even Satan can appear as an angel of light. And it is our fault if we let him deceive us by use of fear, lies, and hate as we have God given minds to use, to think for ourselves, to test all things (ALL things) and keep that which is good. It is up to us to make sure our leaders are actually thinking about the democratic republic that is America first, and not their pocketbooks. We need to vote out every incumbent. Every one. Then, and maybe then, will those in power realize they need to give the people a little bit more attention, rather than just lip service, and sleight of hand.

  6. Call your senator/rep. Email is convenient and easy, I know, but it’s largely ignored. It’s so easy to put together a mass email campaign these days that they’re not taken as seriously because people know that most the emails they received came from someone who clicked a single button to send a canned complaint. CALL THEM on the actual PHONE!!! It makes a difference. It really does. I’m dialing my rep and two senators today. Yes, your congress critter took campaign donations, but if their constituents manage to clog their phone lines with angry complaints they notice. We need an organized phone campaign that will really get the point across.

  7. This Bill will fail and it must, I wonder what Viacom does think of this bill. But if you think about it this bill also makes Operation In Our Sites Legal and that has come under great scrutiny and congressmen are against that…but I never thought their trying to pass this before Christmas,my god things are escalating worse then I ever imagined.

  8. Is it just me, or does SOPA create the opportunity for any registered copyright holder (I’m thinking specifically of copyright trolls here) to potentially shut down a company like Sony’s web site for days?

  9. You’ll be pleased to know that the national Tea Party organizations are opposed to SOPA as well, so it’s not like this is a fight along party lines — it’s the Big Media lobby trying to steamroller everyone.

  10. Watch this if you would like to look at the counter argument to see what’s actually happening online with regard to the business model of online piracy.  It’s profitable for the pirates, not so much for those artists, authors, musicians and filmmakers who create content.

    1. How on earth does anyone profit if I download a torrent? 

      And even if they do, how does that justify a bill that will shut down BoingBoing if someone erroneously claims they are in breach of copyright?

      1. Depends on how you got to the torrent. If you went to a site like the piratebay, then the piratebay receives income because you clicked on a site adding to their viewership meaning they can charge more for advertising space.

         It is simple as that, the pirate bay only attracts people due to providing access to paid content for free. Their page views are entirely reliant on it. Traffic stats are through the rough, and the content creators do not receive anything for that download.

        That said, the law goes overboard and does not deal with the issues. Piracy will mutate and change and content creators will not benefit, only the publishing companies that have the money to attack places hosting piracy.

        1. Spurious argument.  TPB would also get money if I just visit the website but don’t download anything.  That’s not profiting from piracy any more than broadcasting The A Team is profiting from violence…

    2. Yes – but policing this is a very slippery slope which can remove all our freedoms on the internet. A war on piracy will cost everyone, Pirates and non-Pirates, unimaginable amounts of money to enforce and will make felons of innocent people with it’s guilty until proven innocent mentality. Pirates will always be one step ahead of the law so it will be the average internet user who will suffer. SOPA is creating a blanket law to cover a very complex issue – it is like holding a car manufacturer responsible for my bad driving if I hit a pedestrian. Legitimate companies will close, innocent people will be fined or jailed, ISP prices will sky rocket – basically everyone will be paying for this regardless of whether they partake in piracy or not. This is not the way to do it. I create digital media for a living and I know that my stuff will be shared on the internet – SO, maybe digital media creators need to rethink their business model rather than try and protect the old one. Maybe the days of making a movie or song and selling it outright are gone. What’s next? I don’t know –  but SOPA sure as hell ain’t the answer. Go with the times – make something that can’t be stolen or if you insist on doing things the old way – go after the thieves individually without government intervention. If someone steals my ideas or money from me in the real world – I can’t tell the bank to cut off someone’s bank account until they prove their innocence – why should the law be different on the internet?

    3. The problem is that this bill is massively broad. If you own a copyright, you can shut down any arbitrary site on a whim. Any copyright. Any site. Even if the claim is complete bull, because there’s no verification. And while they can take legal action against you to defend themselves, it can take months and in the meantime their site is down and they have no income.

      Imagine that you had the power, right now, to shut down Youtube for everybody just because you feel like it. All ISPs and DNS servers are legally obligated to block traffic to it. Sure it would be suicide because they’d sue the hell out of you afterwards, but for awhile, Joe Q. Nobody has all of YouTube by the balls. That’s the power being vested in every copyright holder in the country by SOPA. It’s not just dangerous, it’s terrifyingly absurd. This doesn’t protect intellectual property, it just winks out the internet.

    4. Well, the problem discussed here is real, but would exist without pirates profitting from it. Profit is not fundamentally the problem, it’s that technology has broken the existing business models.

      I note that I cannot pay to download the movie discussed here in a format and manner that suits me. But I know I could torrent it down for free if I was patient.

  11. Legislation like this perfectly demonstrates that real people have no political representation.  One path to recourse is lawful rebellion – demand to see the contract you signed in which you agreed to be bound to any odious and onerous terms.  Deny consent, know your Commonlaw rights and be free.  Check out Ungrip

  12. I have maybe two followers on Twitter, so I can’t really start this, but perhaps someone with more followers can get a hashtag of #StopSOPA going to help raise awareness.

  13. Another thought (and again, I’d be a poor choice for this since I have no legal background) would be a petition at for the President to veto SOPA if it passes.

    1. I think a petition to the White House would be a good idea.  The problem I have is that you have to sign up with the site, which I would have no problem with, except their form is a blank blue box, so I am unable to do anything there at all. (i.e. filing petitions, viewing petitions, signing petitions, etc.)

  14. Please, I hope you won’t let this law pass. It’s a known fact that European goverments like to ape USA in these kind of silly politics especially when there is magic monies to be made somewhere in there.

    I’m sorry but I just see this law passing now (or in two years after it has been glued to some help puppies law) and your goverment funding/giving tax benefits to the new corporation anti-piracy corps /credit card companies.

  15. Cory & all,

    While I think the show of solidarity suggested will get some visibility and awareness out there, I think it’d be far more effectual for those of us opposed to spread the word on a grassroots movement that same day to boycott hollywood entertainment. That means no going to any movies, watching TV/Cable (and thus advertising), no DVR, no streaming on Netflix or Hulu, etc. This isn’t just visible but starts hitting them in the wallet with their advertisers, and that’s the only way you’ll get them to blink. Spread the word…It’ll only work if enough people do it.

    1. Don’t waste your time on online petitions.  They’re too easy and Congress doesn’t care.  If you want to get your opinion heard, you need to get ON THE PHONE to your representatives and senators.   They weight personal responses heavier than petitions when considering constituent support.  Even better, write an old-fashioned letter.

  16. Not only will this not stop piracy, it will give judges the power to break parts of the internet. The U.S. has been good stewards of root DNS up until now. Let’s hope they don’t screw it up and make the web switch its root DNS. That would be a major setback for the world.
    Cast your vote here:
    And here:

  17. This will be an absolutely horrible law if enacted!  They haven’t even considered the effects and consequences if they pass this and how it will effect jobs & the economy, not to mention freedom of speech…   Gives you a quick way to send your opposition to this bill to your congress people by selecting oppose or support on the right side of the page.You will be taken to another page where you enter your zip to pull up the congress people that you want to send your comments about this awful bill to. You can decide if you want what you write to be private or public/ open for others to read. The left side provides info about the bill, a link to the actual text of the bill, and news about the bill.  

  18. Stop supporting the entertainment industry,and they will go away. Nobody can force us to watch crappy Hollywood movies or listen to idiotic pop music. We don’t need them, they need us

  19. From the UK but surely the way to stop this is to fight fire with fire.  They are treating the threat of piracy as an attack on peoples legitimate businesses and are using this to create an overblown control mechanism.  So get your supporters to focus on businesses.   Start small and grow with organised boycotting of movies, cancelling of netflix etc.  subs,  in fact any business that is used as an outlet for their products.  Make sure these targets know why you are doing it.  Putting commercial pressure on the industry is how you will lobby more effectively.     When business owners who are impacted by boycotts rather than “hippies and kids” are calling their reps then they will start to listen and take this more seriously.

  20. I just wrote my congressman in Oregon (Listed above) with sources, my family is doing the same in their respective areas.  It’s not much and will most likely be ignored, until the mail, letters, and phone calls start flooding in.

    It’s hard to believe that people are stupid enough to think that these laws are a good idea.  Oh well, I guess we learn a new thing every day.

  21. WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS……. i dont care whether its protest or literally march up on the capitols front steps WE NEED TO PROTEST AGAINST IT AND STOP IT! this could lead us into a war…think about it! The government uses internet sites every day they would be the only ones controlling it! If that ever happens, that means that they would have access to our computers….they could legally HACK into our computers and get files and data off of them! We need to stop this….SOON!

  22. I’d like to know how Protect IP/SOPA will make the internet less secure. Everywhere I’ve read doesn’t seem to go into enough detail on this. Yes, non-compliant domains will be walled, but how does this make the connection less secure?

    I oppose the government giving too big of a tool to corporate interests to enforce the ownership of their intellectual property, but I also oppose infringement of copyright on the grounds that a medium is also used in ways that do not infringe of the create rights of others.

    1. Try imaging a legal form of a denial of service attack.  A simple accusation shuts down sites you don’t like, or agree with, with no real recourse.  This removes many of the checks and balances of a free information flow.  

  23. I don’t even live in America and I’m angered by this.  Apart from signing the petitions, what can I do from the other side of the globe to stop this passing?

  24. This is so stupid! I may not be American myself, but I have made friends (real friends, not perverts or rapists) that live in America through the internet. It is the only way we can actually communicate and it would break my heart to learn that she couldn’t talk to me anymore because of a law that is stupid and not at all well thought out.

    The government definitely haven’t considered the loss of business that will follow the passing of this bill throughout the country. If you think about how many businesses promote themselves through email, Facebook and Twitter, and then consider how many people use the internet to look for products similar to ones they have found in a shop, you are dealing with a large amount of customers that 1. will not get what they want/need, which can leave people angered and upset (perhaps the government like being complained to?), and 2. will not be giving companies any of their money which is, ‘presumably’, what most companies thrive off of.

    In addition, the internet has only been out for a decade and a bit, yet there are more websites than people in the world. You’d think that the government might want to use the internet to their advantage (using it as a tool to communicate with the younger generation of voters would be a great idea) but, instead they’d like to block people from using it. This will lose candidates who support this bizarre bill so many votes. You might lose voters all together because what young adult can take a government seriously when they prevent them from using certain prominent websites that they may use for so many purposes. These young adults have been there since the internet took over the world (I think everyone can admit that that’s pretty much what happened) and are used to it’s facilities being there. This is letting down a whole generation, and probably so many more people.

    Nevermind job losses. I don’t even want to consider how many people could lose jobs. For example, if your favourite website was Facebook and you suddenly couldn’t get on anymore, would you want to go on the computer at all? Then remember how many people shop online. Statistics are shown below:

    Among Internet users with Internet access using it shop, the highest percentage shopping online is found in:

    South Korea (99%)
    UK (97%)
    Germany (97%)
    Japan (97%)
    US (94%)

    That percentage is pretty high. Imagine losing all that business and how that would damage the companies. Look at these statistics:

    The most popular and purchased items are:

    Books (41% purchased in the past three months)
    Clothing/Accessories/Shoes (36%)
    Videos / DVDs / Games (24%)
    Airline Tickets (24%)
    Electronic Equipment (23%)

    In all honesty, these are all luxury items. However, these are all prominent business sectors outside of the internet, yet people could be losing that option? (I found these statistics here – )Now, I do not claim to have more than a few brain cells of knowledge on this subject. But I do understand what I would do if my favourite social networking site was blocked from me. I would only ever use my computer to play games or to do school work. Or maybe I’d give up on the whole thing, because I would miss my friends too much to even look at the laptop that once created a connection for me with a few people that I have bonded with so well. This whole bill is just wrong.

  25. It never ceases to amaze me how corruption is legal and institutional in the US. I know it happens everywhere, but only in the US do people act like this is how the system is supposed to work.

  26. I just wrote a new book.  It’s only one word long.  It’s a common three-letter word, beginning with T and ending with E.  By law, I have automatic copyright on it now, so if I see my book quoted in entirety in anything published on, say, Sony’s website, I’ll file a SOPA action to have them taken down.

  27. Yes! That makes perfect sense! Cripple the technology that caused the greatest economic expansion in American history!

    And let’s not forget the long long list of people against this: Google, ISPs, the OWS movement, the Tea Party, even the FCC! If Congress pushes this turd through their assholes into the toilet America has become, it will be flushed. Even if we have to use a plunger.

  28. What is wrong with these polititions!! What happened to the first amendment. These damn spoiled Hollywood artists just want more money so they can buy more useless crap. Newsflash you so called artists. We don’t need you. YOU need US!!!! we are make and break you!  We will boycott your movie and songs!! Go ahead and pass the bill, and perpare yourselves for a war the likes of which you have never seen!

  29. Has anyone started an online petition for this and if so, where can I find it? Knowing about this is only half the battle. We need to fight this with our own petition as well as having a site with the contact information for the people that need to be told how we feel. Please, if anyone knows where I can find that, let me know.

  30. ?Where are term limits? 
    ->Blocked by legislators protecting their “jobs”.
    ?How come non-related riders can still be hooked onto any Bill struggling for passage? 
    ->Still there-closest to abolish taht one was Clinton.
    ?Where are limits on benefits Legislators continue to get, once they leave office?
    ->Legislators have voted every time to protect their obscene packages of very expensive perks.
    ?How is it that pernicious legislation has gotten passed at all? 
     ->It is usually voted for by “voice vote” in the middle of the night, to prevent constituents from learning who voted for it-since during those votes, no one is required to keep track of who is voting, or how.  
    ->These are also passed by attaching it as a rider, to non-related Bills and never discussed, and usually, the Bill is something perilously important to get passed, forcing legislators to vote it in, riders and all.  
    HOW did these underhanded devious methods of passing laws we do not want, or that damage our freedoms, get put into action? 
    THAT is a very good question, that needs answered, and corrected! 
    Legilsators all have corporations they own or sit on Boards for.  Or, they owe something to constituents who do, who can push the legislator to vote for some Bill the Corporation really wants.
    Corporations who have legislators in their back pockets who help them well, also help them stay in office longer. 
    We have lots of legislators subsidized, in one way or another, by Special Interests, who have taken far too much power and control of the USA., for some very badly thought-out, greedy reasons.    
    Follow the Money!

  31. Odd.
    First They want “one world order”,
    then they want to firewall us from communicating with the rest of the world…
    …that sounds pretty schisophrenic!

  32. Some members of Congress will make a huge amount of money if this bill passes, since it is legal for them to trade on this form of insider trading.  The financial gain could conceivably dwarf even the obscene amounts of lobbying money that some of them are getting to support this horrible bill.  Bad legislation is worse than no legislation.  If the intent is to protect artists and copyrights, why not take the time to craft solid, responsible, internet-friendly legislation?

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