osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,

Citizen Pushback Against SOPA Is Working!

To everyone on my f'list:

For those unaware, my employer, Public Knowledge is one of many orgs heavily involved in the fight against the E-Parasite/Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate version, the Protect IP Act.

I have good news, the citizen push back on this is making a huge difference. Members of Congress are suddenly spooked about what the IP mafia had assured them was just an anti-Piracy bill that only the usual suspects who purportedly live on infringement (like the tech companies) and pirates (like us) opposed.

During the high point in the hearing last week, calls were coming in to Congress at a rate of over 6 calls per second. Backbenchers off the relevant Committees, who would simply have voted for the bill had it come to the floor, are now treating this as radioactive. SOPA's opponents like Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) have loads of new ammunition. Factions of the Tea Party are outraged that supposed champions of deregulation, such as Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) are supporting the same heavy handed regulation of the Internet they previously condemned. The IP Mafia are in frantic damage control behind the scenes.

While your Senator and Representatives (and candidates running for primary slots) are home for the holidays, KEEP TELLING THEM TO OPPOSE SOPA! The next step for SOPA is probably a reversion back to the "uncontroversial" Senate version, the Protect IP Act, which passed out of the Senate Committee. The Senate version is just as bad as SOPA on critical provisions, such as mandating redirection of DNS for "rogue websites" without need of a court order.

We need to keep making this a bill that no one in Congress will touch, no matter how much PAC money Hollywood throws at them. So please keep signal boosting and calling. It really is making a huge difference in keeping the Internet free.

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