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[3]: Pelosi...seriously??
by smitty on Fri 18th Nov 2011 08:04 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Pelosi...seriously??"
smitty
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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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RE[4]: Pelosi...seriously??
by earksiinni on Fri 18th Nov 2011 23:11 in reply to "RE[3]: Pelosi...seriously??"
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2009-03-27

She's a Rep, not a Senator, and she happens to represent SF, so I suppose that makes sense. On the other hand, I'm not sure what proportion of tech companies are actually against SOPA. In terms of constituents, however, I can imagine that most of the SF tech crowd would personally be against it.

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