Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 14th Jan 2012 20:57 UTC
Internet & Networking The Obama administration has responded to two petitions regarding SOPA, but in true political fashion, the response is 838 words of absolutely nothing at all. Here's a link, but don't complain to me about losing 10 minutes of your life reading this empty drivel. How about taking a stand for once, eh?
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RE[4]: Excuse me, but...
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 16th Jan 2012 00:11 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Excuse me, but..."
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Thom.... it says what they are against in BOLD in the damn statement.

They do not have to say "we are against SOPA" since they are against all that is ACTUALLY BAD about SOPA and PIPA.


You fell for it.

The statement doesn't define anything. It doesn't have any 'hard' words in it. All it says is: "Any effort to combat online piracy must guard against the risk of online censorship of lawful activity and must not inhibit innovation by our dynamic businesses large and small."

Now go ask a SOPA-supporter if SOPA is about censorship or inhibiting innovation. They'll all claim it is not. See where this is going? Of course Obama is against censorship, but by not defining a hard line between "this is censorship" and "this is not censorship", he can sign SOPA into law without ever violating this statement. Obama has very close ties with the entertainment lobby (ask Biden), so he'll simply agree with Hollywood that SOPA is not about censorship, end of story.

If a political statement is released, look for 'hard' words, lines, definitions, etc. This statement has none. As such, it isn't even worth the bits it uses.

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RE[5]: Excuse me, but...
by tidux on Mon 16th Jan 2012 17:06 in reply to "RE[4]: Excuse me, but..."
tidux Member since:
2011-08-13

Did you miss the bit where Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, said he would oppose HR 3261 (SOPA) and would stop it from becoming law in its current form? Did you miss the bit where the House shelved HR 3261, meaning it's no longer in the active pipeline to become a law? I know we still need to stop PIPA, and then move SOPA from "shelved" to outright discarded, but we are in fact making progress on this issue. Get down off your high horse, kthx.

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RE[6]: Excuse me, but...
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 16th Jan 2012 17:35 in reply to "RE[5]: Excuse me, but..."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

You realise the shelving happened after posting this story and comment, right?

Jst checking.

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