SOPA and PIPA Postponed…But Not Cancelled


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

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….

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 back into the forest, climb into a bloody bearskin and go berserk! It is time to get mad. Mad people are free!

this doesn't just affect Americans this affects everyone.

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?

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

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 US. Just saying.

I hate Sopa & Pipa.

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.

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 (9 11 anyone?)so if they could do something as powerful as that and dupe us into believing it was the act of "an extremist terrorist" what's to stop them from passing a document that's purely draconian?a sudden crisis at a convenient timing to ensure that the public remains calm when… Read more »

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"

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 i have a deja vu on these. i'm 22 and had started feeling this since i was 15-16….i dont know what to say anymore…your comments will be welcome:) be aware ,take care and stay vigilant

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

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.

I will only say: I agree with Aurelia.


Have a nice day

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

This is what they want. Ahem.

F**k the us Government this takes alot of aour freedoms away

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

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 atm.

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.

In relation to the struggles that MegaUpload is facing due to this SOPA and PIPA bullshh, here's an interesting YouTube video:

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

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

VC you should do an article on this.

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

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

no idiots they're not gonna censor p**n, 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!

michael, 18 y/o

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 w****s 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.

RIP Megaupload! 🙁

This situation is annoying. We were able to use the Internet how we wanted for millions of years and now some people are plotting to censor and shut down everything? Oh heck no, I'm mad.

Might as well get rid of the Internet connections, altogether.

Wait, what? The internet isn't even half a century old yet…

I was here millions of years ago, checking Google on the computer… while brontosauruses were eating grass in the backyard…..

(I think it's obvious that this is an exaggeration)

Pfffhahahaha what the hell have you been smoking XD The internet has not been here for millions of years. Kid go back to playing with your legos.


My mistake…… I meant QUADRILLIONS OF YEARS……. before the solar system was formed.

Transhumanism…this episode (and the series itself) is full of it.

Email to Sen Rubio of Florida: Dear Sir, You sponsored and later withdrew the PIPA copyright law in the U.S. Senate. I would like to offer a few thoughts on the same subject. In 1934, Disney made a short "talkie" cartoon film "Steamboat Willie" with Mickey Mouse. Anyone viewing this should bow very deeply, because that wretched little cartoon mouse will be copyright for centuries! How that squares with the clear Constitutional requirement that copyrights be granted for "limited times" is no mystery: Congress just makes up laws as it goes along, depending on what greedy media lawyers and their clients want. Nobody approves of the flagrant distribution of copyright works for profit, as in the case of the group just arrested and shut down in New Zealand; they got what they deserved. However, it's important to note that about a third of the users of that group were innocent… Read more »

Now Europe has ACTA.


ACTA not only affects Europe, it affects the Americas, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, basically it encompasses any country that signs on it. ACTA is global. ACTA also affects healthcare, trade, and the development of new industries. ACTA is much more dangerous than it looks at fist glance, and it warrants a lot more publicity than it is currently getting, especially since this is a bill that was created and pushed through by people who are not publicly elected.

Anyone seen Pixar's A Bug's Life? Small constituency of "Grasshoppers" controlling the lives and actions of an exponentially larger sum of "ants" – the grasshoppers made amendments and alterations to their own laws as they saw fit, to suit their own conveniences. It took the ants generations to realize that they were the ones sustaining the grasshopper's power – that the ants themselves were the fuel driving the machine forward. An objective and creative mind with a will to act was needed to pave the way to a free, more productive and altruistic reality for the ants. That film is a model of our present, and what could, and should be our future.

Do't forget the strikingly-similar movie, Antz. Like A Bug's Life, it has both a police state agenda for insects, and was released 3 weeks before the Disney flick.

This CANNOT happen. I honestly don't think anybody in the right mind would let it happen. Internet has become apart of the lifestyle of an average American or the lifestyle of many others in nations around the world. We might all see differently but we can agree that these things that are happening are not okay!

The next thing you know, they will start banning the Bible, the Torah and the Quran from being published to the public.

well i've heard something along the same lines is already done is supposedly secular Israel… i heard even Jews can be fined for publicly carrying a Torah around. don't know how true this is… but it's not beyond them.

What do you think the "End" of the cold war was really about? I thought the SOVIET UNION was supposed to be godless. Oh?

VC, this isn't related to this, but perhaps you can do an article on Johnny Otis and Etta James. They both died this week. Thanks.

I guess if SOPA and PIPA come out, we all have to start giving credits to every single thing.

As an example:

'I am going to the beach on 12/12/12!!!'

-credits to Julius Ceasar for making the calendar system

-credits to the ancient Indians/Romans/Chinese/etc for the invention of numbers

-credits to the various dictionaries for the words used

-credits to my English teachers for teaching me how to construct proper grammars

Man. That would be a huge pain in the ass.

I know I shouldn't be, but I'm frightened. I'm frightened for the people of this planet, I'm frightened for my family and friends, I'm frightened for myself. And that's because we're all in this together (sorry for the corny High School Musical reference). I know that we basically don't even have rights anymore. If we do, they're diminishing quickly. This generation can't live-I bet they've all got a death note on them by 25 or 30 at the most. We don't have privacy, we don't have freedom, we don't have liberty. And that was what this country was founded for. But deep in my heart, I get the feeling that this was planned from the beginning. But what can I do? If I speak out-I'll die. If I do nothing-I die. Even being online is dangerous because they monitor what you do and what you say. There's nothing for us.… Read more »
@A Kid, In answer to your question, coming from a Muslim: The kind of stuff that's happening these days has been prophesized in the Scriptures of all the major religions, dear – in the Old and New Testaments and the Quran. Of course it's frightening, and yes they've planned it out. But remember that they're not in control, your Creator's in Ultimate control, and we can all trust in His Wisdom. His plans are more superior and just than these lunatics – these people's plans WILL fail, and His Truth will be the supreme triumph. Heaven and Hell exist for a reason – for ultimate justice. So don't be scared, this life isn't all there is, and we'll all get what we work for in the end. So our job is to be the best we can be, given our circumstances. What matters is not how long you live but… Read more »

(S)till c(O)ntrolling the (P)eople of (A)merica.

*internet hug*

Nice, Vigilant, nice.

This is like the icing on top of the cake , now they just showing off

It worries me that my kids wont have a good future. 🙁

Don't worry or fear..just trust in God ,study and live His word. Effective communication, raining, and discipline are vital keys to raising up positive, loving and strong kids..Exactly why bills like SOPA and PIPA are created by the elite..a way for the elite to begin the breakdown of freedom to access knowledge /information….However,kids need to learn how to be independent thinkers and problem solvers, not dependent on society to think rationally…but to be slow to speak, quick to think , as strong men and women, able to stand firm when tested in future circumstances …diligent parents are the foundation. Yes, we are to be aware of what is going on around us but definitely not to be scared a believer, i know we have hope, for if Almighty God is for us, who then can be against us? Even if society tries to dictate what path you can to… Read more »

I predict in the very near future that their are going to be more schemes (like the hacking of Zappos RIM, and PSN) so that the government can say we need this bill.

This about sums it up, folks: Carlin – The Real Owners Of America "The real owners are the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians, they're an irrelevancy. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They've long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the statehouses, the city halls. They've got the judges in their back pockets. And they own all the big media companies, so that they control just about all of the news and information you hear. They've got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying ­ lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know… Read more »

We are not a country. The USA INC is a corporation. Check your census letter and you'll see next to the letters USA the logo for trademark. The USA still belongs to the Queen of England; she owns the largest amounts of land. She still owns the USA, Canada and all the other nations they've ever conquered. If you "own" your house check you title, it says that your a tenant.

Yeah more time so they can think of more reasons to ceansor the internet!! >:(

So people care about the internet, but not the NDAA bill?! The world is really going to s**t if people only care about the internet. -_-;

Yeah, bro, that's the sad part: we as a nation care about our access to the Internet, but we are no longer concerned with our constitutional rights. We are concerned with NDAA and the Expatriation Acts that is to follow. It' s actually pretty sick. That said I read this piece on the VC boards and the kid was on the money: "they want us to consume and not produce". Big picture it's up to the host of heaven, but that doesn't mean I lay down and play doormat. I have never seen doormat in Christ's words– religious segway (lmao). God wins, the elite scum lose.

if a sopa/pipa type law passed, is this site in jeopardy, too? my guess is yes =

Anonymous will take care of this. They won't stand for it

For those who might think that this is an America-only problem, the action against Megaupload involved —

"Arrests were made at a number of homes in Auckland, New Zealand, on warrants issued by US authorities."

The timing of this is crystal-clear —

"…seven people associated with Megaupload were indicted by a federal grand jury earlier this month over the charges."

And TPTB 'executed' these arrests the day after the Internet blackout protest.

We won a battle, my friends, but the war against us goes on.

Stay vigilant, be healthy in mind and spirit.

nil carborundum illegitimi

Peace and love,


literally one computer user stubbornly typing

My apologies – I was not as clear as I should have been.

The battle that we won was the temporary defeat of the SOPA legislation.

In fact, the attack against Megaupload shows us that the war is waged on many fronts – it is a world-wide war.

It's called The New World Order, for a reason.

oh yea, the battle will continue there's no way out of it, we are already living in the electronic police state where everything is documented and saved… soon (if not yet) it will be guilty until proven innocent, unless we the people stand together with clear eyes and faithful hearts. too many distractions going which prevent us in getting united and reaching a common goal, ugh! sign of the times…

the Lord bless and keep you all enlighten!

My Dear Friends, I have to say THANK YOU VIGILANT CITIZEN for sharing and taking time away from your day to inform the blind and somewhat inform individuals like myself. You talked about this coming to the US in an old article few weeks ago, and its very interesting to see how you hit the nail with the hammer. Very impressive, my the lord bless you and your insight talent to keep bring to light things that are hidden in darkness, the symbols that must of us do not understand about the Elite, and basically everything regarding the Elite and the chess game they are playing with the world. Good job for keeping pace with their strategic moves is a chess game and they have and advantage! The dark prince of this world is on their side to win this one, but not the one for Eternity! We have on… Read more »

I submitted to the SOPA/PIPA article to Vigilant over the holidays. I'm glad that there is a place to centralize the information that is out on the web to identify what is going on in the World and Washington. Now if we can rally to change the National Defense Authorization Act in the same way, we could truly make change that is for the people. This Act was passed on New Year's Eve while everyone was partying and bringing in the New Year. It says that basically if you are a "suspected" terrorist (read what that really means on the web), you as an American citizen can be imprisioned indefinately and without a trial. Good bye Bill of Rights. SOPA/PIPA are a big deal, but the NDAA is another issue that needs to be addressed. God Bless.

Shananagenz. All of it.