Dropping Support for PIPA and SOPA
Senators change sides on SOPA/PIPA issue
More US legislators have announced that they are withdrawing their
support for the house’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s
Protect IP Act (PIPA). Citing concerns that the bills have moved forward
too fast and that their provisions were overly-broad and heavy handed,
legislators in both houses and on both sides of the aisle are moving
away from support of the controversial legislation. Some on those who
have withdrawn support were originally co-sponsors of the measures.
Wikipedia and other websites went dark on Wednesday, January 18 in
protest of the bills.
[Editor’s Note (Murray): Well, it sounded better than it reads. Evening
news last night suggested that many legislators were blaming staff for
the mess they find themselves in. I am afraid that new Congressional
opponents of this obnoxious proposal do not understand it any better now
than they did when they supported it. The opposition is populist. The
support is from a kitty of tens of millions of dollars. Jingoistic ads
supporting the proposal were all over TV today. The race is not always
to the swift or the legislation to the MPAA, RIAA, and K Street but that
is how the smart money bets.
Read More: http://tinyurl.com/SOPA-PIPA-Dropped
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- SOPA Is Dead… Avatars Sigh In Relief (REPORT) (chats-blog.com)