PIPA And SOPA Are Dead For Now

The Protect IP Act wasn’t just put on the back burner by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, it was taken off the stove entirely:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will postpone a cloture vote on a controversial bill to crack down on foreign websites that use pirated content. His move comes after a public campaign by websites concerned the bill would expose them to lawsuits turned once bipartisan support for the measure to strong opposition in both parties.

“In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the PROTECT I.P. Act,” Reid said in a statement. …

The vote was put off despite Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy’s continued efforts to cut a deal on an amendment that addressed critics’ concerns. Reid did not say when the bill may come up again.

Meanwhile, in the House, with sponsors of the Stop Online Piracy Act dropping like flies (Rep. Marsha Blackburn is the latest), the bill’s primary sponsor Rep. Lamar Smith announced that he’s putting it on hold:

According to Cnet, House Rep. Lamar Smith—aka the most vocal proponent of the proposed SOPA legislation—just announced that the House will put the bill on hold. The move follows tuesdays SOPA blackout protest and the Senate’s decision to postpone their vote on the corresponding PIPA bill.

Rep. Smith issued an official statement, saying that he has “heard from the critics” and that it’s “clear that we need to revisit the approach” with regard to SOPA.

It seems this week’s internet protest of these bills has made them toxic. Don’t expect them to come up again any time soon, especially given that this is an election year.

But they will come up again, and they probably should. Online piracy is a problem that does need to be addressed. But if the federal government is going to do so, they should do it in a way that respects due process rights and doesn’t give the federal government the power to turn off websites without so much as a court hearing.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • WOOF

    Sneaking into a movie as felony.

  • Old&IntheWay

    Not that I’m in any way, shape or form in favor of the bill, not sure if can be as over-simplified as you’re saying Woof….If I continue to seed an illegally downloaded movie on a bit torrent network, it’s more like me and a few hundred thousand snuck into the movie….

  • Matthew

    After notice the from the copyright owner the distributor should have to remove it immediately or face a lawsuit of treble damages.  All the copyright owner should have to do in the civil suit is show ownership of the copyright and than the burden should shift to the distributor to show they had a lawful reason to use it.

    In addition criminal charges should be able to be filed for theft.

  • 2hotel9

    Federal and state laws already cover copyright infringement. PIPA and SOPA are about censoring access to information on the internet, period. And they are not dead, they will both be pushed through without any public announcement as so many other things have been. Putting something on “the back burner” is code for “we will do it anyway and f*ck the will of the American citizens”.

    • two_amber_lamps

      Yeah, stick on the second to last page of his next debt limit increase bill…  or some other trojan horse method…

      We will go through the gate. If the gate is closed, we will go over the
      fence. If the fence is too high, we will pole vault in. If that doesn’t
      work, we will parachute in.

      Don’t let checks and balances or the Constitution get in the way Comrade O!

  • Sp

    Oh no, now the Zionist Jews that run Hollywood don’t get censorship control over the internet.  This is a huge setback for the warhawks.

    • 2hotel9

      More lies, sh*t spew and Jew hate from sparkie, the sh*tspewing Joooo hater.

      • Sp

        Dear Kitty,

        Do you deny that Zionist Jews run Hollywood?  I’m not offering opinions or being a hater, I am stating a fact about who runs Hollywood and who would get a lot of censoring power out of the PIPA thing.

        In fact, my good friend (a Jew) who works in the movies assures that yes, in fact, Hollywood is run by Zionist Jews.

        Prove me wrong or shut the f*ck up.

        • 2hotel9

          No, sparkie, you are the one spewing lies and racist sh*t. You prove it or shut the f*ck up, c*nt.

    • Hal439

      You object to Jews succeeding in the film industry, or any industry for that matter. But you don’t object to a Muslim Marxist killing a country.

      • Sp

        Did I say I objected to any of it?  It alarms me that any small group would have censoring power.  In this case there are certain facts about the groups who would be empowered by these acts.  I mentioned one of those facts.

        Show me where I ‘object’ to Jews being successful.

        Otherwise, stop making unfounded allegations.

        • Hal439

          Of course you object to it, that’s why you’re so harsh in your criticism and bigotry.

          • 2hotel9

            sparkie glories in Muslim terrorists/marxists killing, sodomizing, raping as many innocent people as they want. That is how sparkie gets its sexual jollies.

        • Hal318


          Apparently I’m not the only person named Hal.  While I do believe that Obama is a Marxist who is killing our country, I believe he is Godless and used religion mainly for a platform.

          • 2hotel9

            Oop,there it is. sparkie’s silence is all the conformation we need.

    • two_amber_lamps

      Who do you hate more?  Those “Zionists” or yourself?

      • Sp

        I haven’t thought about it.  Your mom definitely prefers me over the Zionists.

        • two_amber_lamps

          Lol… how colorful!!  :D  Your wit is about as sharp as the point on the top of your bowling-ball shaped head.

        • Gil

          Why would her Mom prefer you, a failure over someone successful and powerful? You’re nothing, and as relevant as a fart in a hurricane.

          • Sp

            When I think of successful and powerful people, I think immediately of a bunch of thugs with long curly sideburns, burning mosques and doing graffiti.

          • 2hotel9

            Yes sparkie, we all know you love Muslim terrorists. You don’t have to keep proving it, but please do.

          • Gil

            You being anti Jew would think of thugs with curly sideburns. At least you got it half right. It’s the synagogues that get burned and marked with the swastika.
            No wonder you’re a drunk, how else could you tolerate yourself.

            “When I think of successful and powerful people”

            I think of these people:

            Syphilis: cured by Salvarsan discovered by a Jew, Dr. Ehrlich. 

            Gonorrhea: The Wasserman Test is the discovery of a Jew named Neissner.Digitalis: a discovery by a Jew, Ludwig Traube.Novocaine, a
            discovery of the Jews, Widal
            and Weil.

            Insulin, the result of research by Minkowsky, a Jew.

            and Antypyrin, due to
            the Jews,
            Spiro and Ellege.Convulsions: It was was a Jew, Oscar Leibreich, who proposed
            the use of
            Chloral Hydrate.Psychic ailments: Freud, father of psychoanalysis, was a
            The “Schick” reaction which
            was invented by
            the Jew, Bella Schick.Nobel Prize winner, Robert
            Paralysis:The discoverer of the
            anti-polio vaccine is a Jew,Jonas Salk.Streptomycin: A Jew, Zalman Waxman,invented the
            wonder.improvements by dermatologist Judas Sehn
            Benedict, or the lung specialist, Frawnkel, and of
            many other
            world renowned Jewish scientists andmedical experts.

      • 2hotel9

        sparkie is filled to over flowing with self hate and loathing, that is one of the reasons it hates those dirty Jooos so much. Not to mention Negroes, women, Orientals, etc etc.

  • 2hotel9

    Hey, sparkie? Tell us again why you hate Negroes, Jews, women, Orientals, elderly people of all colors, Hispanics, and children so much. Go into detail for all the new readers, I’m certain they will enjoy your “views” very much.

    • Sp

      Thanks kitty.  You can trim the list down though.  How about just the blonde French, the blonde Italians, some Orientals, and anyone with ultra-right wing views whether they are an Israeli, an American, a Taliban, a Shiite, or whatever.

      I prefer the Scots to the Irish.  And all quibbling aside, the Scots invented ‘whisky’.  No, that is not a spelling error.  As far as I am concerned, there is no such thing as ‘whiskey’.

      I like children, but not the elderly (You’re right about old people.).  I like women (You’re wrong about that.).  Persian, Lebanese, Jewish, Slavic, and Iberian-descended women especially.  As far as traditions go, I prefer the Slavic Orthodox traditions to the Anglo-Dutch mercantilist traditions which definitely have more popular currency here in the US (in the northeast, for sure, although perhaps not in ND).

      Do you want me to be PC for you kitty?  Are you doing a Tipper Gore impression?  Needing me to issue disclaimers for foul content Kitty?  

      Got a little sand in your c*nt?

      You just get the list of PC opinions and ways of behaving and forward it to me.  Then I’ll throw it away and say whatever the f*ck I want.

      • two_amber_lamps
        • Sp

          Break out the person insults because in open argument I will mop the floor with your greymatter.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Pffft… I gave you the opportunity before and you failed miserably.  This you can better wrap that hate-filled pedophilic grape of yours around.

          • 2hotel9

            “Break out the person insults because in open argument I will mop the floor with your greymatter”

            Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!   our number 2 projectionist in full on spew mode. Too f*cking funny.

      • Gil

        What’s it feel like to be a professional alcoholic, sparkie?

        • Sp

          Right now what does it feel like or just in general?  Do you really want to know or are you just showing off for your internet ‘friends’?

          • Gil

            No sparkie, I really want to know what you, a professional alcoholic feels like. I’d also like to know why you, a professional alcoholic, thinks that you make any sense at all. And finally, I’d like to know what you, a professional alcoholic, makes you think at all.

      • 2hotel9

        See, you are a proud racist c*nt. Now, prove it some more, Democrat Party retard, show us all how big a racist you are, over and over and over.

    • two_amber_lamps

      Oh he likes them so long as they stay on the Leftist Plantation and vote according to doctrine…  and remain useful idiots like himself.

      • Sp

        There are certainly some groupthink problems on this blog, but they have little or nothing to do with me, assclown.

        Ever notice that you are saying the same shit as everyone else on the blog except for me?  What were you saying about useful idiots?

        • Gil

          “Ever notice that you are saying the same shit as everyone else on the blog except for me?”

          Wow!! You sound just like RBB, Elinas and Hanni.

          • 2hotel9

            HA, you beat me to it.

        • two_amber_lamps

          Useful Idiot:  As (incorrectly attributed to Lenin) your red/green leftist agenda flows over from enviro-communism to true socialism, the phrase “useful idiot” is applied to you as one would have applied to the unwitting proletarians during the red revolution, who merely seek socialism to cure society’s woes.  I can’t help it if the “useful idiot” label fits you. 

          It is what it is, but no worries… Lenin would certainly approve of your enviro-fascism. Just as he’d approve of your class warfare/divide and conquer screed about Jews. It’s all a means to an end right?

  • 2hotel9

    Notice that sparkie is all for censorship, as long as it is used against people sparkie hates. Women, Negroes, Jews, Christians, Americans. But nothing directed towards its heroes, Muslim terrorists. Wonder why that is?