Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Jan 2012 19:33 UTC
Internet & Networking Big news from Capitol Hill in Washington DC today: House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa has said that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has been "shelved" in the House of Representatives, meaning it has been put on indefinite hold until a consensus about the act can be reached. Sadly, SOPA's counterpart in the Senate, the Protect IP Act (PIPA) will still be pushed forward, meaning we must remain vigilant. Despite all of this, Wikipedia has announced it will join the blackout coming Wednesday.
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Of course, the problem you have there is keeping all your ducks in a row. Who's "we"? People who agree with you?

'We' are all of us. That includes people who doesn't share my view, that also include people who share my view on certain things and not on others, and (most unlikely) those who share my views on everything.

What if the bill was spcifically targeted at violators of the copyright of GPL'd works, and contained a few draconian clauses. And you found yourself against it because of that. How do you think that might affect your operational definition of "we"?

It wouldn't change the concept of we being able to rally support, spread awareness and apply pressure no matter which side you are on this question. I would oppose such a bill as you proposed, someone else would be in favour of it and we will both be able to use the internet to get our points across and rally support for our respective causes.

If a huge amount of people rally around either of our causes then we have a real power to affect things.

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