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US Congress May Not Have Stomach For Another SOPA 95

alphadogg writes "As a new session of Congress convenes in early 2013, don't expect lawmakers to rush out a new version of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) or the Protect IP Act (PIPA). While some groups representing copyright holders still want to see stronger online enforcement, U.S. lawmakers don't seem to have the collective will to reintroduce similar bills and potentially face another massive online protest. In January 2012, more than 10 million Web users signed petitions, 8 million attempted calls to Congress and 4 million sent email messages, and more than 100,000 websites went dark in protest as the Senate scheduled a vote on PIPA. Lawmakers supporting the two bills baled out in droves, Senate leaders cancelled the PIPA vote, and SOPA's sponsor in the House of Representatives withdrew his legislation. 'That was an avalanche they've never seen,' said Ed Black, head of the Computer and Communications Industry Association. 'They're going to tiptoe in this area very carefully.'"
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US Congress May Not Have Stomach For Another SOPA

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  • Bullshit (Score:5, Insightful)

    by SpiralSpirit ( 874918 ) on Monday December 24, 2012 @05:09PM (#42383765)
    This kind of "oh they won't do that again" serves the other side, not ours. They'll just sneak it onto another bill, if they have to. Only calling them to account for their actions will work.
  • Re:Bullshit (Score:5, Insightful)

    by TheGratefulNet ( 143330 ) on Monday December 24, 2012 @05:14PM (#42383791)


    "you guys won. we give up. no more copyright stuff in our laws. we promise."

    yeah, check is in the mail, too. honest!

  • by kawabago ( 551139 ) on Monday December 24, 2012 @05:26PM (#42383871)
    The RIAA and other industry groups buy support in both houses with massive political donations. They don't give it freely! They expect legislation that favors them. They bought it and they want their congressional lackies to provide what they paid for. If they don't get it they support another candidate who will give it to them. There is so much corruption in the US system now that it's no wonder the country is falling apart. The government no longer acts in the best interests of the people, but in the best interests of their largest corporate sponsors. One person one vote no longer means anything when legislation can be bought with campaign donations.
  • Re:Bullshit (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 24, 2012 @05:30PM (#42383889)

    Well simple fact is we're playing for sheep stations here and people need come to a solution that works for everyone. SOPA Might have worked for its proponents - but it would have been bad news for the wider community. Unfortunately the current situation does devalue media industry's intellectual property and this needs to be addressed appropriately

  • A shame.. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Roogna ( 9643 ) on Monday December 24, 2012 @05:30PM (#42383893)

    That the public doesn't turn out to protest every horrible bill that way. Pretty sure the patriot act could have used that kind of response.

  • Tiptoe? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Scutter ( 18425 ) on Monday December 24, 2012 @06:03PM (#42384051) Journal

    'They're going to tiptoe in this area very carefully.'

    Why should they have to tiptoe? The People have spoken loudly and clearly. They've told them exactly what they want and how they should vote. There is no tiptoeing. You either do what your employers tell you to do or you're fired. "Tiptoeing" implies that you'll still try to do it anyway, but in a way that won't piss off several million constituents.

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