Internet’s Largest Protest in History Works!
Good triumphs over evil. This is what you get when you defend your rights and freedom. But the fight is not yet over, as sponsors and makers of two destructive, evil legislative proposals, codenamed SOPA and PIPA, will stop at nothing to get what they want: pass their legislative lunacy at all cost and please their crony backers.
Yesterday, major websites such as Wikipedia, Google, WordPress, Mozilla, Reddit and a thousand others went on strike by going dark to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act, two legislative proposals passed in the US. Congress and in the Senate, respectively, disguised as new effective legal tools against intellectual property violations.
Today we all know that the Internet blackout, which sent a clear message to online users the world over, has started to have its desired effect, as co-sponsors of the legislation have switched sides and other lawmakers have called for more debate before any vote.
Here’s a report from Politico.com:
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) — who was a co-sponsor of the PROTECT IP Act — became the latest lawmaker Wednesday to pull his support. In the House, Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.), originally a co-sponsor of the Stop Online Piracy Act, pulled his name from the list of sponsors on Tuesday. A spokesman for Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.), meanwhile, told the Omaha World-Herald on Wednesday that the congressman is also unable to support SOPA as written.
Hart breaks down SOPA, PIPA
The widespread Internet protest is even bringing new Washington voices into the fray. Mostly silent in the debate, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) tweeted Wednesday he doesn’t back the bills.
“I support intellectual property rights, but I oppose SOPA & PIPA,” DeMint tweeted. “They’re misguided bills that will cause more harm than good.”
Yesterday, literally millions of Americans contacted their senators and congressional reps to ask them to withdraw their support for SOPA and PIPA. The result? A massive withdrawal of support from elected lawmakers for the bills. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and John Boozman (R-AR) all vowed to oppose PIPA (all were co-sponsors of the bill). On the SOPA side, Ben Quayle (R-AZ) and Lee Terry (R-NE) voiced their opposition to the bill, and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) blacked out his own site in protest (!).
And Ars Technica listed a total of 18 new senators opposed to PIPA:
- Roy Blunt (R-MO) *
- John Boozman (R-AR) *
- Scott Brown (R-MA)
- Ben Cardin (D-MD) *
- John Cornyn (R-TX)
- Jim DeMint (R-SC)
- Orrin Hatch (R-UT) *
- James Inhofe (R-OK)
- Mark Kirk (R-IL)
- Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
- Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
- Marco Rubio (R-FL) *
- Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
Update (7 PM): David Vitter (R-LA) is now also opposed. He was previously a co-sponsor of the legislation.