First time accepted submitter en4bz writes "Representative Lamar Smith, the creator of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), has been consistently receiving donations averaging $50 000 from the TV/Film/Music industry for each of his re-election campaigns for the past ten years. Smith has received roughly half a million dollars from the TV/Film/Music lobby over the past ten years according to opensecrets.org. Check out the source link for a full breakdown of donors to Smith's campaigns."
Speaking of SOPA, new submitter DarkStar1O9 submits this "explanation in simple terms of why this dangerous new bill in congress could result in the extinction of sites that are based on user-generated content
like YouTube, Reddit, and StumbleUpon." Update: 12/18 20:42 GMT
: An anonymous reader writes "Eric S. Raymond weighs in
on SOPA and the question of why so many people hate this bill and not the dozens of others just like it that get passed on a regular basis."