Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Nov 2011 23:20 UTC
Legal The saga surrounding SOPA will be dominating the headlines for a while yet, and today is no different. First of all, and most importantly, the European Parliament has adopted a resolution against SOPA, while also calling for net neutrality to become part of EU law. Second, and this is also interesting, we now have a list of software companies which are against freedom of speech on the web. Unsurprisingly, Apple and Microsoft are on this list. Update: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has spoken out against SOPA. Update II: Tumbler's anti-SOPA message on their website generated almost 90000 (!) phone calls to representatives. Amazing.
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RE: Pelosi...seriously??
by Tuishimi on Fri 18th Nov 2011 06:25 UTC in reply to "Pelosi...seriously??"
Tuishimi
Member since:
2005-07-06

Yeah, anytime I see "Pelosi" the hair on my back stands up and I start looking around nervously like something bad is about to happen. ;)

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RE[2]: Pelosi...seriously??
by Soulbender on Fri 18th Nov 2011 06:35 in reply to "RE: Pelosi...seriously??"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Hmmm..so if she's considered dishonest by everyone maybe she's not the person you want to speak up *against* SOPOR...err SOPA.

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RE[3]: Pelosi...seriously??
by earksiinni on Fri 18th Nov 2011 07:54 in reply to "RE[2]: Pelosi...seriously??"
earksiinni Member since:
2009-03-27

You say that at least slightly in jest, but trust me, as soon as I saw Pelosi's approval of the bill, it gave me pause to think twice. But then, I saw Ron Paul's approval.

Ron Paul's positions aren't popular with a lot of people, but I think everyone agrees that he's the most principled and consistent national politician in the U.S. (in a tie with Bernie Sanders, but he gets no press since he is *literally* a socialist--true story, world, there is an actual socialist in the US Congress). And if the issue is civil liberties, especially privacy, you can bet that Paul's approval is a reliable guarantee of quality. So for him to be in the same boat as Pelosi is...odd, to say the least.

The Ars article's headline captures it well: "Strange Bedfellows".

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RE[3]: Pelosi...seriously??
by smitty on Fri 18th Nov 2011 08:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Pelosi...seriously??"
smitty Member since:
2005-10-13

Yes, Pelosi coming out against it is interesting. She's the democrats leader in the house, which means she pulls some actual weight and could get this stopped. No offense to Ron Paul, but all he really does is run for president and lose. Pelosi is someone who can crack the whips and get people to vote with her.

Of course, the Republicans are in charge of the House right now, and her support could actually galvanize them to vote against her.

It's just interesting, though - she's the first powerful politician I've seen to come out against SOPA, which is promising. Maybe more are coming. She's also from California, which I figured were all owned by the MPAA/Hollywood. Maybe the tech companies are bigger money in San Fran.

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