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Congress puts anti-piracy bills on ice

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posted on Jan, 20 2012 @ 11:10 AM
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Congress puts anti-piracy bills on ice


www.reuters.com

(Reuters) - Lawmakers on Friday indefinitely postponed anti-piracy legislation that pits Hollywood against Silicon Valley, two days after major Internet companies staged an online protest by blacking out parts of prominent websites.

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid postponed a showdown vote in his chamber on the Protect Intellectual Property Act, or PIPA for short, that had been scheduled for January 24.
(visit the link for the full news article)




posted on Jan, 20 2012 @ 11:10 AM
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Well the massive protests didn't get the proposed bills thrown out, but they did achieve a postponement.

Not enough votes support it in the Senate, so Reid wants more time to gather and regather the votes needed.

Time to protest is not over. We must let them know we will never support SOPA or PIPA.

Keep spreading the word ATS.

www.reuters.com
(visit the link for the full news article)



posted on Jan, 20 2012 @ 11:18 AM
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In a brief statement, Reid said there was no reason why concerns about the legislation cannot be resolved. He offered no new date for the vote.
www.reuters.com...

Just how out of touch IS Harry Reid??


Reid expressed hope on Friday that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, who has been shepherding the bill through Congress, could help resolve differences in the legislation.

"I am optimistic that we can reach a compromise in the coming weeks," Reid said.

Leahy said in a statement that he was committed to addressing online piracy and hoped other members of Congress would work with him to get a bill signed into law this year.

"But the day will come when the Senators who forced this move will look back and realize they made a knee-jerk reaction to a monumental problem," he said.


So they still want to pass these bills, but the Senate Judiciary Chairman at the same time says it will be seen as a "knee-jerk reaction"??

WTF?



posted on Jan, 20 2012 @ 11:22 AM
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I have one thing to say...

MASSIVE CHEER!!!

But as one wise ATSer has said...let us not back down. We must show that we will not support SOPA or PIPA or anything similar EVER.

We will forever refuse the slavery of the Internet.



posted on Jan, 20 2012 @ 11:23 AM
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we have a phrase in my country, england, in one ear and out the other. sounds like exactly that, theres no way they don't get it by now, this is yet another bunch of corruption ignoring the people they were elected to represent. not to mention they are also ignoring everyone else in the world who isn't from the US by saying "oh we'll fix it and try again next week" O-o

fail.

ed: I think its more like twisting the knife than jerking knee's...... ......I used to be online like you, but then I took an arrow in the knee >_>
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posted on Jan, 20 2012 @ 11:29 AM
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sounds like they're buying time for "anonymous" to strike a few more times, then SOPA will be passed even though Anonymous did not claim responsibility for the attacks like CNN says they did.



posted on Jan, 20 2012 @ 11:33 AM
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I think its more like twisting the knife than jerking knee's


If (well ok, when) they eventually put these to a vote it will seem like twisting the knife.

I agree that they seem to be ignoring the voice of the people who elected them and that they SERVE.



posted on Jan, 20 2012 @ 11:34 AM
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they're gonna stuff that in some other program, like a social program of some kind that all the socialists want.
THEN it will pass.



posted on Jan, 20 2012 @ 11:35 AM
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Originally posted by ZeroUnlmtd
sounds like they're buying time for "anonymous" to strike a few more times, then SOPA will be passed even though Anonymous did not claim responsibility for the attacks like CNN says they did.


I hope Anon plays this cool.

Funny how they get blamed now even when they didn't take credit, even though they normally claim it was them when they actually do something.



posted on Jan, 20 2012 @ 11:36 AM
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Originally posted by undo
they're gonna stuff that in some other program, like a social program of some kind that all the socialists want.
THEN it will pass.


That would be a dirty way to go about it.

In short, business as usual for Washington.
edit on 1/20/2012 by Chamberf=6 because: (no reason given)



posted on Jan, 20 2012 @ 11:37 AM
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I took my forum offline to protest. I've written everyone I could think of about this issue, senators, families and forum members. We cannot let something as idiotic as SOPA and PIPA pass. This is FOR big corporations ONLY and screws over everyone else. That's not the America I know and love!

DOWN WITH SOPA/PIPA! Viva la internet!



posted on Jan, 20 2012 @ 11:45 AM
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Okay.. I can't help but say this...and it bears some larger print.


This is what Democracy looks like when it works!



For all those who have already become so jaded and cynical as to simply give up on voting or participation in Government at all...this is why it matters!


If no one had stood and screamed, we'd be reading about SOPA being well on it's way to the President's desk for signature. Now maybe this only delayed things....probably...but we need to be right here again when this crap rears it's ugly head somewhere down the line, so we may defeat it again.

People power CAN WORK! It just takes PEOPLE...not just a person here and there.



posted on Jan, 20 2012 @ 11:59 AM
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Originally posted by undo
they're gonna stuff that in some other program, like a social program of some kind that all the socialists want.
THEN it will pass.


Exactly what I think. Their favorite tactic for legislation that won't pass is to attach it to a defense spending bill.



posted on Jan, 20 2012 @ 12:31 PM
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.but we need to be right here again when this crap rears it's ugly head somewhere down the line, so we may defeat it again.


Yes, most definitely. This Will rear its head again so we can't stop telling congress what we think about it.



posted on Jan, 20 2012 @ 12:48 PM
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Their favorite tactic for legislation that won't pass is to attach it to a defense spending bill.


I could see that happening. They may not get the votes for SOPA and PIPA on their own, but hell when attatched to legislation to buy more weapons?
Pass.

Unless we don't give up protesting.



posted on Jan, 20 2012 @ 01:16 PM
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Wow, amazing news!!! Congratulations from Sapin to the US, although we all should be glad for it, it was everyone´s freedom at stake!! I just wish we could backtrack here in Spain and withdraw the SINDE law, which was passed recently with a similar content to SOPA. We shall see how the government uses the law and what decisions are taken, and then we shall speak.

Congratulations anyway, the whole world can take a deep breath...for now!!



posted on Jan, 20 2012 @ 01:17 PM
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The backers of SOPA/PIPA will no doubt push to get its provisions through Congress one way or another, but they will also have to get a presidential signature for them to become law.

The closer to Election Day any of that happens, the better.



posted on Jan, 20 2012 @ 02:49 PM
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Lawmakers flip on piracy bills protested on Web


(Reuters) - Some members of Congress switched sides to oppose antipiracy legislation as protests blanketed the Internet on Wednesday, turning Wikipedia dark and putting black slashes on Google and other sites as if they had been censored



Content providers who favor the anti-piracy measures, such as Hollywood and the music industry, were scrambling to win back public opinion and official support.

Wikipedia, the world's free online encyclopedia, shut down for a day. Google and others used the black censorship bars to draw attention to what had until recently been an obscure and technical legislative proposal to curb access to overseas websites that traffic in stolen content or counterfeit goods.


Lawmakers flip on piracy bills protested on Web
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posted on Jan, 20 2012 @ 02:52 PM
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Shelved = good for the short term

them still not being ripped up or burned will possibly hurt in the long run. As you said OP, not over yet! But this is a victory in many battles to come!



posted on Jan, 20 2012 @ 09:54 PM
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Hitler got it right!



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