Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Jan 2012 21:49 UTC
Internet & Networking Well, well, well, well. Just like I, and many others with me, have said: SOPA is most certainly not dead. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith has just pushed out a press release stating that the House debate on SOPA will continue in February, 'unshelving' SOPA only a few days after it was supposedly shelved.
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The fight is just beginning!
by ViktorRabe on Tue 17th Jan 2012 22:18 UTC
ViktorRabe
Member since:
2011-12-30

Remain Vigilant. The content industry will not go down this easily. We need to direct all our anger and hatred at SOPA and PIPA and keep an eye on Rep. Lamar Smith. We can win this, but we must keep fighting.

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RE: The fight is just beginning!
by DavidCollins on Tue 17th Jan 2012 22:37 UTC in reply to "The fight is just beginning!"
DavidCollins Member since:
2010-03-22

Just to throw fuel on the fire: http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00001811

Scroll to "Top 5 Industries, 2011-2012"

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RE: The fight is just beginning!
by Carewolf on Thu 19th Jan 2012 21:16 UTC in reply to "The fight is just beginning!"
Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

Yes, and the act won't be renamed into something about saving puppies. No because the opposition is the internet, open source communities and human rights activists, it will be named as something WE find instinctively appealing.

Prepare to have your rights violated by the O.P.E.N. act!

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Gonna keep happening
by mdoverkil on Tue 17th Jan 2012 23:54 UTC
mdoverkil
Member since:
2005-09-30

Unfortunately, they'll (the idiot members of congress and their paymasters) keep doing this until something gets passed.

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Blackout?
by BallmerKnowsBest on Wed 18th Jan 2012 15:50 UTC
BallmerKnowsBest
Member since:
2008-06-02

So the blackout doesn't apply to the mobile site, apparently... or the RSS feed.

Browser: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:11.0a2) Gecko/20120115 Firefox/11.0a2

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When Software is more than just software
by porcel on Wed 18th Jan 2012 20:08 UTC
porcel
Member since:
2006-01-28

When software begins to be inherentely tied to fundamental freedoms:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUEvRyemKSg

Browser: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux i686) AppleWebKit/535.7 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/16.0.912.75 Safari/535.7

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Comment by lemur2
by lemur2 on Thu 19th Jan 2012 05:01 UTC
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

FTA: "I guess this also vindicates my position that Obama's statement was entirely meaningless"

Sorry Thom, I'll grant you most of what you have said about SOPA and PIPA, but I'm not entirely sure about the bit quoted above.

Here's why:

http://www.deadline.com/2012/01/exclusive-hollywood-moguls-stopping...

Follow the money.

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Sleazy Tactics
by mikeinohio on Thu 19th Jan 2012 06:35 UTC
mikeinohio
Member since:
2010-02-21

I am not surprised that SOPA has been shelved for now. The critters in congress and the senate know better than to impose such rubbish in an election year. The lawmakers will wait until the elections are safely behind them to pass this. It is conceivable that the legislation that is passed after the election will be even worse. American politicians have a long history of doing such things. The politicians know that, thanks to the short memory of the typical voter, there will be no consequences to passing such crap legislation if they time it correctly.

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Hate it!
by Drunkula on Thu 19th Jan 2012 13:52 UTC
Drunkula
Member since:
2009-09-03

God I hate election years here in the U.S. ...

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modmans2ndcoming
Member since:
2005-11-09

He is the president... he has no control what a chairperson of the committee (who is of the opposite political party) that is currently debating the bill brings to the floor of the committee room for debate.... Nor does he have control over what the speaker and majority leader allow to be brought to the floor for a final vote....what he can do is VETO the bill if this pile of crap passes both he house and senate.

We do not live in a monarchy or a parliamentary system. The president is the head of state not the head of our legislative body.

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