SOPA and PIPA Postponed…But Not Cancelled

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I am not a fan of big, over-the-top statements, but it is safe to say that the future of the internet is currently being decided. Will it remain a haven of free speech or will it become another tool of governmental and corporate control? A “fight for the internet” is taking place. On January 19th, the FBI shut down the popular file sharing site Megaupload while anti-SOPA protests took to the streets and the world wide web (you might have noticed that Wikipedia’s blackout). In case you didn’t know, SOPA and PIPA give the US government unprecedented authority to shut down websites without prior notice (see the article I published about SOPA back in November for more information).

Seeing that an overwhelming majority of internet users oppose this legislation and that its potential enactment has caused nothing less than a major uproar in the internet world, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid used an old trick: He postponed the vote for SOPA, which was scheduled for January 24th, to a later date, hoping that the negative publicity surrounding the vote would die down. As you know, voting for ridiculous law in a context of general indifference is the elite’s favorite way of proceeding. It is up to us to stay vigilant, to not forget about this awful piece of legislation and to make sure our voices are heard until SOPA and PIPA are thrown in the garbage – where they belong. Here’s an article about the postponing of SOPA and PIPA.

Senator Reid: PIPA Vote Postponed

The anti-SOPA Day of Protest ripples continue to spread. On Friday morning, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) put the brakes on a PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) cloture vote. The vote was originally scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24.

“In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the PROTECT IP Act,” said Reid in a statement Friday morning.

In a cloture vote, the Senate decides whether or not to end debate on a bill and bring it forward for a final up-or-down vote. For such a vote to be successful, three-fifths of the Senate (or 60 Senators) must vote in the positive.

Sen. Reid previously said that “we need to work on this and we’re going to — I will hope we can have a manager’s amendment when we get back here in a week or 10 days and move forward on this. It’s important that we try to do this on a fair basis and I’m going to do everything I can to get that done” during a Jan. 15 interview on NBC’s Meet the Press.

On Wednesday, major websites such as Wikipedia and Reddit went dark to protest PIPA and its sister bill in the House of Representatives, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Facebook and Google, which came out against SOPA and PIPA in a public letter written late last year, provided users with information about the bills and contact information for elected officials. Google also launched an online petition, which gathered over 7 million signatures by Thursday morning.

SOPA and PIPA made it into the CNN-Southern Republican presidential debate Thursday night, with each candidate denouncing the bills to some extent.

Supporters of the two bills consider PIPA and SOPA necessary new tools in the fight against online piracy and copyright infringement. Opponents claim they give excessive power to copyright holders and the federal government, and that they risk making the Internet slower and less secure while also stifling online freedom of speech and digital innovation.

Do you think it’s good that the Senate is taking more time to consider PIPA? Let us know in the comments below.

– Source: Mashable

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4 years 7 months ago

I bet it's Walt Disney's greatest scheme ever

iulia
4 years 7 months ago

this changes make people think about going back to basics….no internet, no mobile phones,no tv, no fashion industry…etc…just the simple life that was once….

Drifter
4 years 7 months ago
Eish! Freedom? All this talk of freedom. Freedom left long ago, when two or three gathered together and called themselves a huddle, a family, a clan, a tribe, a nation state and left behind a delusional, pathetic mob, who bleet incessantly on about being free. Forget it, you are all too soft in the middle to recognize freedom if it smacked you in the gob and pissed on you. The Lords of all of you control everything already. What they have to convince you of is that you are still free – which isn't difficult. It is time to saunter… Read more »
Lavantavius R
4 years 7 months ago

this doesn't just affect Americans this affects everyone.

4 years 8 months ago

i think the reason why it is postponed is because they HAVE to WIN THE ELECTION first. hahahaha!! after winning, then they can resume the fate of the SOPA. 🙂 if they decide to approve of it now, they won't get the votes of the people. hehe. my take on this issue. it is election season, is it not?

Zafiro
4 years 8 months ago
Kristina
4 years 8 months ago

Apparently these kinds of laws are popping up around the world…

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article

?
4 years 8 months ago
Rizza
4 years 8 months ago
Not at all glad that it's postponed. The senate clearly sees the opposition of many people, both from the internet and the real world. This is like the 'calm before the storm'. They're waiting for the fanfare around SOPA and PIPA to die down so that when they get around to vote for it, there wouldn't be a big uproar about it. Just get over it senators and just vote against the bills! A bit unrelated to my piece but I think these bills are the US gov't's way of controlling the world, since most sites are based in the… Read more »
Sharfaraj Mowla
4 years 8 months ago

I hate Sopa & Pipa.

4 years 8 months ago

They clearly don't need 'SOPA' or 'PIPA' – they'll just come and smash you door down and steal all your stuff regardless, as we've seen recently with megaupload.

trez
4 years 8 months ago
i don't mean to be mister negative or pessimistic,but isn't this an inevitable occurence?i mean mustn't the great dream of sir. francis bacon come into true fruition by the establishment of a new world order,where there are the perfected men,the military class and the altruisitic herd that is to be ruled for the greater good of the cumulative society?in my opinion,this sopa thing will eventually become law and the majority of people won't really care about it,i mean come on,sure we as the public are powerful,but everytime you see the elite orchestrate something to fullfill their needs it seldom fails… Read more »
Conquerer
4 years 8 months ago

I am not certain what to think….is this just a way of the elite tightening the screws slowly to get us under full control? I have a feeling it is more of a…."Look over here while we do some worse damage over there"

florentina
4 years 8 months ago
maybe this may seem weird but…i dont know but when it comes to"observing people" and "mass control' ,i feel like i 'm having a deja vu. it's that strange feeling that i feel like this happened to me once,iin a very distant time. maybe i'm crezy. but i truly had to speak my mind and where else i could have done that if here on vigilant citizen? try to understad,i didn't make this comment to attract any attention or smth else, it's just a very nasty and weird feeling… mind control,fear,medicines,mind intoxication and subliminal messages – i wear the god… Read more »
kamakazzze mindstate
4 years 8 months ago

This is for you people thinking the 'illuminati' is not controlling the truth movement and injecting new age beliefs:

http://i27.fastpic.ru/big/2012/0121/02/ccd96b2d20

Please repost this image in the forum.

Grandmasters thinking 15 steps ahead and the sheep can barely think 3 steps ahead.

Step your mental game up.

ADFENO
4 years 8 months ago

I will only say: I agree with Aurelia.

BR. ADFENO

Have a nice day

henry
4 years 8 months ago

I'm sure the Illuminati is smiling somewhere………………………

This is what they want. Ahem.

JT
4 years 8 months ago

Fuck the us Government this takes alot of aour freedoms away

maru. the free ant
4 years 8 months ago

I want to go to Washington DC and kick some ass!

merr
4 years 8 months ago
i'm sorry but why wasn't there any protests when NDAA came in exactly? Surely that is more important than the sodding internet. I mean yeah sure the internet is great for freedoms but it's useless if you're behind bars for apparently being a threat to national security, aka the rich. i mean the only reason wikipedia, google etc. are getting angry about it is because they lose money, they're not doing it for the same reasons as us, come on people! i think it's more important that we protest against NDAA, concidering that is the most threatening law they've got… Read more »
N
4 years 8 months ago

The NDAA bill didn't get much attention in the mainstream media. It was passed on Christmas eve if I'm not mistaken, so not much people were aware of what was going on until it was too late. Many bills get passed on the eves of big celebrations because TPTB know no one is paying much attention during those times.

Mega"F*cked by
4 years 8 months ago

In relation to the struggles that MegaUpload is facing due to this SOPA and PIPA bullshh, here's an interesting YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tD1yaE0GfQ&fe

Watch out for what comes next. I agree with the guy.

PRS
4 years 8 months ago

All the lobbyists for SOPA/ PIPA are the same people who encouraged and profited from the promotion and distribution of file sharing software for an entire decade.

They set up and encouraged the problem of piracy so that they could 'solve' it ….. their solution being to shut down and censoring all the sites they don't already control and then force us to use the internet as another medium for their dumbed down entertainments and in your face corporate sponsorship.

Problem – Reaction – Solution

Lots of evidence to support here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3cKvBVa0qA

VC you should do an article on this.

4 years 8 months ago

They may have been stopped, but i wouldn't be surprised if they were to return in the near future.

michael
4 years 8 months ago

yeah i saw people on Facebook posting " OH NO THEY'RE GONNA CENSOR PORN!"

no idiots they're not gonna censor porn, you think they care if youre distracted by filth. no, better for them

they want power to censor the truth, warp historical events, AND ALSO to take a step forward in depriving us of our constitutional rights. that's ALL PIPA/SOPA is about.

also id like everyone to check this out if they don't mind!
http://www.rense.com/general32/americ.htm

michael, 18 y/o

The End is Near
4 years 8 months ago

This bill will affect everyone whether they live in the US or not. This world, not just the USA , is controlled by transnational corporations and banksters. They want control of every aspect of your life. You better believe that their congress whores will slip this legislation into some other seemingly innocuous bill at some later date after the uproar has settled down. This is a (s)election year after all.

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