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It is showdown time in the United States Senate for friends and foes of S.968, aka the IP Protect Act, which sets up a fast track system for removing websites that rightsholders deem to be "dedicated to infringing activities." On Saturday, senators filed a motion of cloture on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) motion to proceed to the bill.
The cloture rule originally required a supermajority of two-thirds of all senators "present and voting" to be considered filibuster-proof..... In 1975, the Democratic Senate majority, having achieved a net gain of four seats in the 1974 Senate elections to a strength of 61, reduced the necessary supermajority to three-fifths (60 out of 100). However, as a compromise to those who were against the revision, the new rule also changed the requirement for determining the number of votes needed for a cloture motion's passage from those Senators "present and voting" to those Senators "duly chosen and sworn"....The new version of the cloture rule, which has remained in place since 1975, makes it considerably easier for the Senate majority to invoke cloture. This has considerably strengthened the power of the majority, and allowed it to pass many bills that would otherwise have been filibustered
The point is to defeat procedural efforts to block the legislation. The blocker in question took note of this move on Saturday. Six months ago Ron Wyden (D-OR) placed a "hold" on the proposed law. According to senate lingo, a hold is an "informal practice by which a Senator informs his or her floor leader that he or she does not wish a particular bill or other measure to reach the floor for consideration."
Now Wyden promises to filibuster the legislation when the Senate returns in January.
Wyden and his House partner Daryl Issa (R-CA) have proposed an alternative to IP Protect. Their Open Act would take concerns about infringing websites away from the Department of Justice. It moves the antipiracy process from the courts and DoJ to the International Trade Commission (ITC).
A roll call vote is scheduled for 2:15pm on Tuesday, January 24. Three-fifths of the full Senate, usually 60 yeas, are needed to support cloture action.
Sen. Harry Reid has won reelection in a tightly contested battle with Sharron Angle. Angle, a strong supporter of the Constitution and small government, appears to have lost despite recent polling that had her up by as much as 3 points.
Reports of fraud and intimidation have circulated for weeks, with early voters complaining of rigged voting machines throughout Clark County.
Residents of Clark County Nevada have reported that upon attempting to vote for Angle they found that Reid’s name had already been checked. This is not surprising as widespread voting fraud has been reported since the inception of the fraudulent electronic voting machines.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
What's disgusting really is that old men who don't know a DAMN THING about internet are trying to regulate it.
And it's not even regulate it, it's KILLING IT.
From their own mouth....
MPAA head Chris Dodd : for the internet censorship bill, China is our model
Wouldn't surprise me if they pass that on Friday while everyone is busy with Christmas...edit on 20-12-2011 by Vitchilo because: (no reason given)
“The entire film industry of Spain, Egypt and Sweden are gone.”
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Markup: H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act
9:00 AM | 2141 Rayburn HOB
Host: Committee on the Judiciary | Full Committee