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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by matthewp131 on Mon 16th Jan 2012 19:37 UTC
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Remain Vigilant. The content industry will not go down this easily. We need to direct all our anger and hatred at PIPA and keep an eye on Rep. Lamar Smith. We can win this, but we must keep fighting.

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bassbeast Member since:

Not to mention we've seen this tactic before, where they "shelf' a bill until the heat dies down and then ram it through on a weekend when they think nobody will notice. The *.A.A has bribed a LOT of politicians to get this junk rammed through and they won't give up that easily.

Personally I think We, The People should completely ignore ALL copyright laws until We, The People actually get a seat at the table again. When most of Walt Disney's works are STILL under copyright, even though the man has been dead for longer than many of us have been alive, i think "promoting the useful arts and sciences" is no longer being served. It is pretty obvious when you are talking about the level of bribery we are seeing thanks to Citizens united that voting simply won't help so we need to not only remain vigilant and complain we also need to let our elected officials know we simply won't follow unjust laws rammed through with bribes and any cases brought using these unjust laws we will use jury nullification to voice our displeasure.

if anything thanks to the Internet times should be SHORTER, say 10 years with a one time extension upon payment for another 10 years, but what we have now is "forever minus a single day" which is locking up our entire culture behind a paywall and we shouldn't stand for it!

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pqnelson Member since:

Yeah, the basic tactic politicians now employ is: wait until after the Presidential elections, hope someone is elected who won't veto SOPA.

But SOPA is far from dead. Being shelved is just being paused.

You still ought to continue to write angry letters to your congressperson.

Edited 2012-01-17 15:31 UTC

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ViktorRabe Member since:

I applaud you, Comrade! To arms, to arms! If it is war they want, war they will get!

If taking Wikipedia offline won't get their attention... we will take offline YouPorn and The Pirate Bay! That's how far we're willing to go!

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