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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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  • by Black Parrot ( 19622 ) on Monday December 24, 2012 @05:09PM (#42383767)

    Too bad they don't get this kind of response on all the other crap legislation they produce.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 24, 2012 @05:15PM (#42383797)
    People only have so much time to pay attention. After all, they are not full time politicians. Also, most potentially new laws are not universally hated.
  • Re:Bullshit (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 24, 2012 @08:28PM (#42384793)

    This is exactly what happened with the NDAA. Harry Ried broke into proceedings a couple weeks ago and very quickly (almost too fast to understand) said a bunch of mumbo jumbo about amendments and extensions being added to some bill and then motioned for it to be accepted, it was, and then left and they went back to the former proceedings he had interrupted. In all, it took about 30 seconds. What was this bill he was so weirdly inserting something into? Bill 4310. The NDAA.

    Nobody knows about it (unless they were watching CSPAN in the middle of the night during those 30 seconds and thought enough to ask what 4310 was). Nobody is accountable for it. And nobody has made a big deal about it.

    They can and will do what they want and you and I can eat a dick.

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