According to CNET, US House Rep. Lamar Smith — aka the most vocal proponent of the proposed SOPA legislation — just announced that the House will put the bill on hold.
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See? Congress does listen to the will of the people on occasion — especially when that will is wielded as a blunt instrument. As this infographic from ProPublica illustrates, yesterday's blackout protests not only culled the official SOPA supporters by 15 congressmen, it actually added 70 opponents.
This is a great short documentary on what's SOPA and PIPA in a very clear, simple way. It also explains why they will screw us all if we let US Congress approve this law. You should watch it.
There are many ways to stand up to SOPA. Websites like Wikipedia and BoingBoing are dark, there's a rally in New York, and people everywhere are signing petitions and contacting their senators. My favourite method, though? A protest song to the tune of Don McLean's 'American Pie'.
OMG why is wiki down?? How will I do my homework? WTF is this??? JESSIE have u seen this?? DOES ANYONE KNOW WHEN THE WAR OF 1812 STARTED OR WHY OR WHAT IT IS?? I'm angry on Twitter.
Today, taking a break from hurling racist slurs and GIFs at one another, the internet is taking a symbolic stand against SOPA and PIPA — two awful laws that would ruin the web. Behold the blackout rebellion.
The drumbeat of heavy-hitting internet companies that have come out against SOPA and PIPA continues to pound. Facebook founder and amateur butcher Mark Zuckerberg just came out against the bill, with a post on Facebook.
If you hadn't heard of SOPA before, you probably have by now: Some of the internet's most influential sites — Reddit and Wikipedia among them — are going dark to protest the much-maligned anti-piracy bill. But other than being a very bad thing, what is SOPA? And what will it mean for you if it passes?
While major global internet companies are loudly fighting the US government's anti-piracy SOPA legislation, closer to home our own government is doing its best to keep its anti-piracy effort under wraps, blocking a freedom of information request to access eight pages of handwritten notes from a secret industry meeting in September last year.