SOPA and PIPA were dropped by Congress today

A big hurrah!!!!! We’ve won for now — SOPA and PIPA were dropped by Congress today — the votes we’ve been scrambling to mobilize against have been cancelled.

The largest online protest in history has fundamentally changed the game.  You were heard.

On January 18th, 13 million of us took the time to tell Congress to protect free speech rights on the internet. Hundreds of millions, maybe a billion, people all around the world saw what we did on Wednesday.  See the amazing numbers here and tell everyone what you did.

This was unprecedented. Your activism may have changed the way people fight for the public interest and basic rights forever.
The MPAA (the lobby for big movie studios which created these terrible bills) was shocked and seemingly humbled.  “‘This was a whole new different game all of a sudden,’ MPAA Chairman and former Senator Chris Dodd told the New York Times. ‘[PIPA and SOPA were] considered by many to be a slam dunk.’”

“’This is altogether a new effect,’ Mr. Dodd said, comparing the online movement to the Arab Spring. He could not remember seeing ‘an effort that was moving with this degree of support change this dramatically’ in the last four decades, he added.”

SOPA and #PIPA will likely return in some form.  But when they do, we’ll be ready.

Oh yeah, you know they will. Bet you a quarter they are going to slice and dice up SOPA and PIPA and pass them in bits and pieces on the coattails of other bills. What really kills me is the ignorance and flat out stupidity in Hollywood. Come on, you didn’t see the ‘problems’ the digital age was going to bring 15 years ago when this all started? Really? Fifteen years wasn’t enough to change the attitude and the model so effective anti-piracy could be put in place? They had their chance to put protections in place and now the window has slammed shut on their little fingers. Boo hoo. Go play around with someone else’s civil liberties. We just aren’t going to take it.

Darn tootin!

They were going on and on about this about ten years ago. Why couldn’t they do it then? Because according to them, any PR is good PR. So as long as people were passing it around…

Except, technology got better. Everyone has 24 hour access to the internet at their fingertips. Literally. But, who didn’t see that coming?

Apparently they didn’t. Oh well. I guess they better figure out a better way to write new copyright laws that don’t infringe on our rights!


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