SOPA Support Crumbles under Pressure

This week, controversial legislation that could result in government censorship of the internet and stifle innovation came under fire.  Supporters of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA), which claim to crack down on online piracy overseas, started peeling off the bills.

A day before any popular websites launched protests on Wednesday, Heritage Action released its key vote against SOPA and PIPA.  It was picked up around the country, and thanks to dedicated conservatives taking action, made a big difference in Congress:

National Journal: Well this could put Republicans in a bind. Earlier today, I reported the Chamber is key voting the Senate Protect IP bill, urging a yes vote. Heritage Action for America today announced that it also plans to score the bill and is calling for a no vote.

DailyCaller: Heritage Action, the lobbying arm of conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation, announced Tuesday that it will hold votes in favor of SOPA and PIPA against lawmakers. “Heritage Action opposes SOPA and PIPA and if they come to a vote will include them as a key vote on our scorecard,” said the influential conservative group.

LATimes/Opinion: Heritage Action’s move is significant because conservative groups have traditionally been strong supporters of copyright and trademark protection.…The emerging opposition from mainstream conservatives like Heritage Action complements the resistance that civil liberties groups, left-of-center activists, tech industry hotbeds on both coasts and venture capitalists have been putting up since the measures were introduced.

Politico: The conservative Heritage Action sent out a “key vote” alert Tuesday, urging lawmakers to vote against the two versions of the bill.  

Associated Press: Disparate political groups such as the liberal Democracy for America and the conservative Heritage Action have also voiced concerns about censorship. (picked up locally in Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan and Missouri) 

Wall Street Journal: …and the Heritage Foundation on the right. MoveOn blacked out its website in protest Wednesday, and the Heritage Foundation’s grass-roots arm said it would include any votes on the legislation as “key” votes in compiling its legislative scorecard, which it uses to rate conservative lawmakers.

But as with most things in Washington, bad ideas never die!  According to National Journal, Senate negotiations are ongoing:

[Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick] Leahy [D-VT], Protect IP’s author, is working with Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., a senior Judiciary Committee member, to try to find what a GOP aide called “common ground” that addresses concerns. Possible changes could include removing provisions that would require service providers to block U.S. access to infringing foreign websites and search engines to block search results for infringing sites. And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is unlikely to pull the bill ahead of the Tuesday vote.

With your help, Heritage Action will see this fight on SOPA and PIPA through to the end.  Conservatives cannot allow the government to gain another regulatory foothold, especially on the internet!

UPDATE [10:00 AM EST]: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced he would attempt to postpone a scheduled vote on PIPA when the Senate returns on Tuesday.  However, the vote may move forward as planned, allowing Senators to go on record opposing PIPA.

UPDATE [10:20 AM EST]: Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) announced that he will also postpone consideration of SOPA in the House of Representatives.

Related Resources:
Key Vote Alert: “NO” on SOPA and PIPA
SOPA: Another Government Power Grab
Free Speech: An Unintended Victim of Protect IP and SOPA?
Online Piracy and SOPA: Beware of Unintended Consequences
Online Piracy (SOPA) and Internet Security (PIPA) Bills in Congress


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25 thoughts on “SOPA Support Crumbles under Pressure

  1. This is only round one in this fight! The commie’s will not stop until they are stopped! WE the PEOPLE need to VOTE every time and do our homework. Don’t count on anyone else to get the job done.

    • This mess has Obama written ALL over it. This is how communism, nazism and imperialism get a foothold into the very soul of its people, destroying their liberties, one by one.

  2. Ron Paul said it right last night at the SC debate. This is NOT an issue the Constitution allows the Federal Government to get involved in. The lobbyists have paid our congress well to initiate SOPA & PIPA. What we need is the lawyers opposing this as well. They stand to make a LOT of money representing the Media (and other) industry in lawsuits against legitimate infringement.

  3. This is just the beginning, this Texas RINO wants to wait till everyone goes to sleep and try again: Even SOPA’s House sponsor, Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) now says, “it’s time to scrap the bill and start over.”

  4. Don’t worry. Chris Dodd, chairman of the Motion Picture Association of American (MPAA) will get this thing passed, censorship be damned!

  5. Attention members of Congress!!
    A vote by you for either of these bills insures that my next election vote will go to your opposition.

  6. Vote Anti-INCUMBENT across the board or haven’t you learned anything in the last 50 years. Things are the way they are because the Politicians WANT it that way SO they can RIP of the taxpayers.

  7. I agree with William, just listen to Rush, Hannity, and Palin, they are more honest with
    things than the news Media, and you will learn alot more.

  8. The solution to the supposed loss of revenue by holders of IP is to restore copyright and patent laws to the Constitutional limits stated in Article 1, Section 8. Specifically, limited times and only to authors and inventors. That means humans only as the holders of these limited monopolies.

    A return to constitutional values restores the IP to a limited time personal monopoly granted to an individual. It is NOT real property. It can not be sold or bought. It terminates and the information is PUBLIC DOMAIN at the end of the “LIMITED TIME” or at the death of the grantee.

    The losses claimed by patent trolls are not valid as they are not constitutional to begin with.

    The current situation which was created in violation of the constitution at the instigation of Rep. Sonny Bono (D-CA), by extending the time limits on copyrights and ultimately patents also, is unconstitutional and therefore the stolen profits are not valid. These profits are also based upon the idea that all copies of any of these items would have been sold at the list price. This is something which can not be proven, and which I consider to be very unlikely.

    Therefore all that is needed to stop IP theft is to restore IP to the original constitutional limits. This will remove the incentive for the theft and the problem is solved.

  9. It may not be over yet and so we must stay alert all the because there will be something else or someone that wants to take your freedom from you, keep your eyes and ears open.

    Lawrence Miller

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