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Date: 01/18/12 11:58 AM

10 Responses to SOPA & PIPA Bills Lose 3 Co-Sponsors Amid Protests

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    fancylad Male 30-39
    18940 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 12:01 pm
    Link: SOPA & PIPA Bills Lose 3 Co-Sponsors Amid Protests - Looks like some of those in power are listening today. 3 sponsors of SOPA/PIPA just withdrew their support.
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    ggolbez Male 18-29
    1933 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm
    If only we could use this type of power to legalize weed.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36850 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Pretend show of democratic process.
    It will still pass.
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    GullCull Male 18-29
    143 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm
    Sheesh America... you and your problems.
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    Altaru Male 18-29
    3483 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm
    This doesn`t please me.

    What this does, is piss me off even further.

    Because this doesn`t prove anything about them respecting the people`s will or freedoms, it shows that those three are not only traitors to the American people (real, flesh-and-blood types, not corporate "people"), it shows that they are GODDAMN COWARDS as well.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25420 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 12:44 pm
    meh...
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
    10742 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    39 to go.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12387 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 3:28 pm
    Sheesh America... you and your problems.

    A lot of the infrastructure for the web is in the USA. If absolute control over it is handed to the biggest businesses in the USA by politicians who don`t understand how the web (or the net it sits on) works, it will affect a lot of people outside the USA. That`s what SOPA and PIPA are for.

    Of course, the obvious workaround would be to cut the USA out of the loop and establish the infrastructure elsewhere. There`s no pressing technical reason why it couldn`t be moved to somewhere else. It wouldn`t be cheap or easy, but it could be done.

    If the ignorant politicans of the USA really are as determined to end the web by accident as they appear to be, it`s too useful and too embedded to just let it die. It`ll be moved and the USA will be poorer for losing it.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12387 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm
    Pretend show of democratic process.
    It will still pass.

    I agree. There are two possible patterns:

    i) Propose ludicrously extreme law.
    ii) "Listen" to protests.
    iii) Change the ludicrously extreme law into the the very extreme law you actually wanted all along.

    or

    i) Propose ludicrously extreme law.
    ii) "Listen" to protests.
    iii) Propose the same law again a little while later. The protests will be less this time.

    Repeat as needed. You win by attrition - it takes much less time to grab more power than it does to sustain a national protest against it.
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    Nebbie Male 18-29
    864 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 5:26 pm
    Also, Orrin Hatch from Utah put this on Twitter today: "After listening to the concerns on both sides of the debate over the PROTECT IP Act, it is simply not ready for prime time. That’s why I will not only vote against moving the bill forward next week but also remove my cosponsorship of the bill."

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