Lamar Smith and Patrick Leahy blink: take DNS-blocking out of SOPA and PIPA

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15 Responses to “Lamar Smith and Patrick Leahy blink: take DNS-blocking out of SOPA and PIPA”

  1. Mordicai says:

    Emphasis on “industry groups.”  Because remember American citizens: nobody gives a damn about you; the “people” that these bills are supposed to benefit are corporations.

  2. Jim Saul says:

    The cosponsors in the Senate are rushing to claim political credit for killing the bill… they’re asking Reid to cancel the vote on PIPA:

    http://www.opencongress.org/articles/view/2461-Six-GOP-Co-Sponsors-of-PIPA-Ask-Reid-to-Cancel-Vote 

    Ratchet up the pressure – it’s having an effect.

  3. SedanChair says:

    Boy, I remember watching Leahy during the Alberto Gonzales hearings and thinking, “Wow, this guy is hard-nosed! Principled! A bulwark against corruption! And he guest starred on Batman: The Animated Series, which is the best Batman!”

    We’re always so desperate to be taken in by our masters. 

    • jerwin says:

      I too thought that Leahy was “one of the good guys”. I probably should have been paying more attention.

    • EH says:

      Gilles Deleuze described fascism as a desire to be led.

    • Andrew Singleton says:

      It isn’t wrong to want to see the best in people, especially those that seem to stand out doing the Right Thing in a sea of corruptness. You end up bitter and resenting Everything and always seeing the wrong in even the most selfless acts otherwise.

  4. AnthonyI says:

    Yeah, looks like they threw a sock to the public to chew on, give the illusion that it’s all better now.   But the bill is still shit.

  5. Matthew Stone says:

    We’re winning!  Keep it up!  Remember, they tried to rush these bills through behind our backs because they knew they would get eroded down to nothing if they were stalled.

    It might be wise to push for the OPEN Act after SOPA finally dies.  It’s not perfect either, but it’s much more sensible, and perhaps a bill like that would be a cork to plug the copyright crooks’ overflowing whining.  They should have a harder time pushing for new legislation if they already have the tools they asked for established.

    After all, they say they want to stop foreign piracy, even though anyone with a brain should know that’s bull.  All SOPA and PIPA have really been about is gaining more power so that one day the Buy ‘N’ Large corporation can shoot us off into space after it decimates the planet.

    • foobar says:

      No, they’re going to just keep pushing. There is unfortunately no room for compromise, because piracy is never going away.

      • EH says:

        There is unfortunately no room for compromise, because piracy is never going away.

        By the same token, there is no room for compromise because failed and anachronistic business models should not have legislative validation.

      • Andrew Singleton says:

        There can be no compromise here unfortunately. They who have bought out congresscritters to try winding the clock back to when they had a stranglehold on the distribution pipes rather than innovate will not accept OPEN. They will demand it be amended. Will try until they succeed then see that in success is their own demise.

        I’m cautioning friends that we have only won a minor victory. We’ve made the puppet flinch. Now we have to go for the throat.

  6. I truly do think that the only thing that anyone understands anymore is money. So when the dark days do arrive,and they will be prepared to shut it off. It will be a bit painful at first but that will fade. When millions of us call the god damn ISPs  maybe they will suddenly wake of from their deep corporate sleep. The US government is straight up evil. It really could not get anymore evil. What is more disturbing is that they are not even trying to hide yet millions vote these creeps into office?

  7. blissfulight says:

    You’re assuming either of these two (long string of expletives removed here) had their eyes open in the first place.  

  8. reneemjones says:

    The only way to show the copyright fascists that the people are in charge is if we demand, and get, an extreme reduction in the insane copyright terms now in force.

    In the meantime, this just means they are ready to push forward the vigilante provisions.

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