The Tide Is Turning Against SOPA … And We Might Actually Succeed In Stopping It

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While a short week ago the Internet censorship bill - SOPA - looked certain to pass, the tide appears to be quickly turning.

Politico notes today:

The conservative and liberal blogospheres are unifying behind opposition to Congress’s Stop Online Piracy Act, with right-leaning bloggers arguing their very existence could be wiped out if the anti-piracy bill passes.

“If either the U.S. Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA) & the U.S. House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) become law, political blogs such as Red Mass Group [conservative] & Blue Mass Group [liberal] will cease to exist,” wrote a blogger at Red Mass Group.


“Some good news on the SOPA front: Its corporate base of supporters is starting to crumble,” David Dayden wrote at Firedoglake. “GoDaddy is not alone. Scores of law firms are requesting their names be removed from the Judiciary Committee’s official list of SOPA supporters.”


In the blogosphere, the trajectory of the bill seemed set — that it is destined for failure if the pressure of the online community is kept up.


“The dynamic is clear. Once SOPA — and its Senate counterpart, Protecting IP Act, or PIPA — became high-profile among the Internet community, the lazy endorsements from companies and various hangers-on became toxic. And now, those supporters are scrambling, hollowing out the actual support for the bill. Suddenly, a bill with ‘widespread’ corporate support doesn’t have much support at all,” Dayden said.


Conservatives took a slightly different tact, though with similar disdain for the anti-piracy measures.


Indeed, blogger Erick Erickson said that he would encourage a primary for any Republican who supports the bill.


“I love Marsha Blackburn. She is a delightful lady and a solidly conservative member of Congress. And I am pledging right now that I will do everything in my power to defeat her in her 2012 reelection bid” due to her co-sponsorship for SOPA, Erickson wrote at RedState. “Congress has proven it does not understand the Internet. Perhaps they will understand brute strength against them at the ballot box. If members of Congress do not pull their name from co-sponsorship of SOPA, the left and right should pledge to defeat each and every one of them.”

Digital Journal reports:

The legislation, which many are suggesting is nothing less than censorship of Internet content and an assault on free speech, has brought many disparate groups together for the first time, such as ... the Heritage Foundation and Beregrond, a Libertarian website.


Several Washington D.C. law firms and lobbying groups were added to a list of corporate supporters by mistake and those who were willing to speak on the record were decidedly unhappy with the House Judiciary Committee. “It’s just incorrect. The firm has no position on SOPA,” Davis Wright Tremaine LLP spokesman Mark Usellis stated to Politico.

Even the White House is looking toward opposing the bill, with a petition on the White House website to veto the bill if passed by Congress. The petition needed 25,000 signatures and so far it has 43,351.

Time to redouble our efforts ... the tide may be turning, and we have a chance of winning.

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Monk's picture

"Be a HERO and Help STOP SOPA Now!! I'll tell you How! This Video that Must Be SHARED!"

yakmerchant's picture

Just makes it harder for them.   If this Bill doesn't pass then they'll try to ram it in on the back of some Port Security Bill, and if that doesn't work they'll find a way with FCC regulations and when that doesn't work the big "attack" via the internet will occur and in the name of national security they'll lock this fucker down.   Can't wait to have to press my mark of the beast to my computer to login.    Seeing Godaddy take a punch to the nuts is atleast nice.   I'm hoping the hippies in Austin take notice and run Lamar Smith.   Here is a nice letter I just sent him via his website.

Dr. Mr. Smith,

As you can see from my address I do not live in your district, but I wanted to make it a point to let you know that while I am a conservative and maybe even a republican (less and less these days).  I do live close and will be traveling to your district to campaign for someone who opposes you next election.


Your authoring of the SOPA bill in all its fascist grandeur is the reason I must.   I think copyright infringement and piracy is a problem also, but your willingness to put your name to the this monstrosity (that I fear will be used by tyrants and despots for far more than making sure music isn't downloaded) confuses me.  Either you have no regard for the 1st amendment and long for the day dissenters can be silenced by our federal babysitters, or you just aren't smart enough to see how vague mealy mouthed language written by corporate lawyers never ends up being used for its original purpose and never benefits the constituents.  You can put out press releases all you want saying its intent is to stop foreign piracy websites, but anyone that can read can see this bill will have far reaching and dire consequences (unintended or not).  The power this gives federal bureaucrats to silence dissenters on the internet would make the hardliners in the Politburo blush.  Your blind support for a bill you clearly didn't author, your blatant disregard for civil liberties and pandering to your corporate money men is either your largest oversight in a long career or evidence to Texas conservatives your actions don't align with your words.  


non_anon's picture

ha ha, so predictable, they could care less what we think

Obama will veto SOPA, not!

CitizenPete's picture

A few sticks for the fire...


GoDaddy accused of interfering with anti-SOPA exodus



Do something:

Nage42's picture

Even money that the first steps for getting NDAA up and running will be to track people who visit sites like the one you've quoted.

Terrorist activities include:

Storing more than a month's worth of food, owning more than one gun, "hording" gold or other "barter" goods, etc.


Fun, fun, fun.


Old Poor Richard's picture

Nonsense bullshit.  There is replacement legislation waiting in the wings (meaning in the briefcases handed to House and Senate leadership by their K Street handlers).

They will promptly pass this "alternative legislation" which "answers all of [Darth] Obama's objections."  Exactly like the president's whim death legislation in the defense funding bill was whisked through.

PIPA and SOPA are dead!  Long live PIPA and SOPA!

For the tickers of legislation solidifying the banker-run totalitarian government, after the Stop Online Privacy Act is passed, next it will be made illegal to buy or sell precious metals in any quantity without filing with the IRS, and the gun show "loophole" long hated by the Brady bunch will be closed, requiring universal recording of all firearms purchases and eventually universal registration of all firearms.  Confiscation probably won't be necessary, it will be enough to know where the guns are, and where the PMs are.


mendolover's picture

Yes!  Great news!  Time to put the pedal to the metal and get some momentum behind this.  Of course the only thing these whores understand is the threat to their re-election.

CPL's picture

1, 2, 3
Why do you try to steal from me?

Stole my mind
Stole my soul
Stole my hundred and forty from that damn Wii Console.


I've been spamming the shit out of anything that moves with a bot.  My junk accounts on Youtube are getting griefed now or hung up on capcha.

Tompooz's picture

If SOPA does not pass, you will see a law in its stead that compels all bloggers to identify themselves by their real names. 

..After some suitable false flag blogging that will be used to rally the emotions...  (Pedophile/satanic/antisemitic, whatever does the job)

China just did it. (with their national ID card numbers!)

Whether it will work with the US is another matter entirely.

English is a global language.

Just to be sure, the US govt will never give up control over ICANN.

CPL's picture

Hence the many failed/costly attempts at getting IPv6 running anywhere.

NotApplicable's picture

Woo Hoo! The people have won!

"Tell them what they've won, Johnny!"

"You've won a brand new DC Folly!"

It is sad that so many people believe noise passes for meaningful action, while not realizing the real action is their own reaction. In other words, it's a meaningless sugar high to make you feel useful.

Rakshas's picture

Ya really want to kill SOPA; get a rider attached that copyrights DC kiddie porn - if the fine upstanding gents of our hallowed halls see an interuption to their fix they'll kill this bill before the Viagra woody wilts ...... hypothetically speaking of course - I'm sure there are no actual sexual deviant in .gov 

adr's picture

How many sheeple do you think actually know anything about this? Come on you could ask 1000 people on any street, "What do you think of the SOPA bill?" or "the government is passing a bill to stop online piracy but it will restrict all flow of information and log your every move online, would you support this?". You would get 1000 people looking at you like you had two heads. However if you asked 1000 people on the street who Kim Kardashian fucked last tuesday 950 or so could give you the correct answer. TPTB know the larger you expand the sphere of influence the more freedoms you can take away. A crowd is only as smart as its dumbest member. When you talk about the USA the bar is set half a notch above full retard. On the national level the USA is only capable of producing results looking like the incoherent scribbles hanging on the fridge of a proud retard's mom.

NotApplicable's picture

You're kidding right? SOPA is a flashy Kardashian-like distraction for activist nerds. Everyone I saw under thirty over Christmas brought this up in conversation with me (as I'm the "serious" guy in the family). What does it distract them from? Why everything else that matters that they are totally clueless about, like say Jon Corzine and MFG. I didn't talk to a single person who had even heard of it, let alone knew anything about why it is such a huge deal. But I guess the collapse of the capital formation markets for producers to draw upon is no big deal when compared the most important thing ever, the bogeyman known as IP, right?

No, my family and friends are all too worried about the evil-doers regulating content flow on the internet (something I told them years ago that would happen regardless, eventually, as the net becomes ever more part of our daily lives (it was obvious the instant RIAA started using the DMCA to extract royalites)).

At least it gave me a chance to ask them why they focused on trivia while ignoring the ongoing destruction of society by the very political operatives they expected to be saved by. Then I ask, "Why do you support this rule of criminals over you anyway? Why do you consent?" The reactions are interesting because you can see the light come on where they finally consider the reality that they do have a choice of whether or not to consent, rather than accepting the decrees of the criminal class at face-value.

weinerdog43's picture

You're still missing the point.  Without the Internet, just how are we going to get unfiltered information?  Fox?  NY Times?  Osmosis?

Rick Masters's picture

No offense but there was a time before the internet where people somehow managed to receive good information; it just wasn't so easily accessible. Also, I'm sure the .gov know who you are whether or not you use a pen name. The only thing anonynmous names protect you against is the thought og being shamed by neighbors of what they might think of you. Personally, in some instances I think using your real name would bring down the extreme vitriol and hate level in the country since people can say whatever with no fear of shame (I dont support that motion or any of SOPA, I'm just pointing out some arguments). Maybe I just am being contrarian because you are all acting as if America is a society of fools, which is what europe thinks of us, and I dont belive that. We have produced great things and that hasnt left us. I just think people are getting tired of all the doom and gloom without any boom. Its getting too "boy who cried wolfish." I keep hearing how bad things are going to get and it never happens. But Im young and its hard to fight the tide cause trust me people wont want to hang out with you if all you talk is politics, no matter if you're a dem or a repub. It gets depressing. Just my thoughts. And a lot of people's thoughts in the 24-34 age bracket, at least in my neck of the woods in the northeast.

TheAkashicRecord's picture

This is sort of like the CIA laundering drugs into the Country then putting people in privatized prisons for using them 

tip e. canoe's picture

exactly...brilliant video...thanks for sharing CH...spread the word

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Fringe Blogger Bearing likely would be an early casualty...

Georgesblog's picture

This is an example of the corporate structure measuring how much pressure can be put on the livestock, without causing a stampede. Oops! We have a stampede.

Shizzmoney's picture

The corporations, and law firms who support them and this bill, saw the reaction on the internet.  They read the twitters.  And what they liked, they didn't see.

You see, we still have some democracy in this country, but it isn't in the voting booth, or in our legislative houses.  It comes in the form of the almight dollar and people's wallets and feet.  And luckily, we still have enough cash flow in the masses for them to care.

If SOPA or PIPA were to ever pass, I swear to god, the boycott shitstorm that would result would probably be the most awesomest thing in the history of forever.  I know I immediately am switching off of Comcast after I saw their name attached to this bill next year for my internet.  Taking my business elsewhere. 

You'd almost root for the bill to pass (if it, of course, didn't complete our Road to Fascism) just to see Hollywood, Big Media, and Big Broadband Corporations lose customers like Charlie Sheen loses watches to coke whores.  Twitter hastags not only encouraging boycotts of movie theaters, but even MORE pirating, sabotage, and even leaking info on those CEOs and movie studio executives, exposing their fraud.  There would also be political backlash for pols supporting this legislation, but we consider them all the same, so that doesn't matter as much.

Repeal Glass-Steagall?  No one cared at the time.  Health Care Mandate even though 65% of the people wanted a public option?  Everyone accepted what they got (a barter from Health Insurance companies), even if, IMO, it's worse that the system we have now (minus the 6 things like pre existing conditions and child care up til age of 26).

But fuck with people's internet, during this era of social and alternative media?  Hell fucking no. 

The reason the TPTH have been able to rape us for so long is because of the collective slumber the US citizenship is in due to the fact as much as been taken away from them, but it's not enough to reach a tipping point.  But....we are close.  And this bill passing would not only usher the biggest boycott in the history of the world, but also protests that would make #OWS seem like mass at a Catholic Church on a Sunday afternoon, and could possibly even trigger bank runs and tax revolts.  If that doesn't happen within the next 2 years already.

This could be the final straw for the American people vs their Congress.  We will see who the Congress sides on.

MarcusLCrassus's picture

This is one piece of good news that I've heard all week.   And the key is that the Right and Left united against it.  United we can do a lot more than if we are divided.  Lets start doing so more often.  We need some sort of Unity Party (headed by Ron Paul) that puts all wedge issues aside until the key issues have been resolved (bankers behind bars, non-debt based financial system, etc). 


This is good.  Too bad that they will keep on trying to pass this until they do succeed.  They'll put it away in some drawer, and when the time is right (after a terror attack or right before the long 4th of July/Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday weekends) they'll dust it off and pass it in the middle of the night like they do so many other abominations that they know are against the population's best interests (see also: Federal Reserve Act of 1913). 

Shizzmoney's picture

Also see: UEIGA - 2007, which banned banks from doing business with gambling operators off shore using RICO and Wire Act statutes......on the back of a Port Securities Bill which had NOTHING to do with online gaming just so Frist could win votes in his evangelic Christian Tennessee.  Oh, and those tidy campaign contributions from Harrah's he got (around $25K....and probably some free rooms/dinners along the way) who wanted PokerStars off the USA map.

4 years later: the NY DOJ hass taken more than 500+ million in bank accounts associated with online gaming, caused an Full Tilt Poker "bankroll run", and there is no more major internet poker. It also has gotten harder to deposit/withdraw on sites that DO exist.  The only positive thing is that the DOJ just took "internet poker" off the list of things it looks to prosecute in enforcing UEIGA (all it does is basically pave way for big casino corps to start setting up sites for USA).

Gringo Viejo's picture

It's a done deal. Can't have truth floating around for all to see.

earleflorida's picture

outsmarting oneself is easy if your choice is contrarian?

WTF_247's picture

Think about it a bit ...


I think bills like this are purposefully pushed through so that the White House Obummer can be the hero in election year and be the one "looking out" for the people.


I would not be suprised if the whole thing was planned out ahead of time by Harry Reid and our chief Czar Obama.  I think they thought they could ram it through so Obama could veto it before debate heated up too much.  Instead it appears to have backfired on them and many groups are mad.


granolageek's picture

The MPAA and RIAA have been pushing this kind of crap since Obama was still at Harvard. Trying to pin this on him just shows that you've been pwned by the real slimeballs.

Gold...Bitches's picture

I bet you think flouride in water is an Obama govt conspiracy too.  "The precious bodily fluids" being impurified and all that.  I got no love for the guy, but he's just a stooge like all the other presidents down the line.

earleflorida's picture

yep,... but every election these stooges get handed more power - now they can declare war or decide who, or whom is a terrorist, and without congressional consent, while flying on 'Air Force One' -  out of the country vacationing to boot --- but that's ok? you lose, you never win kinda guy 'G...B' 


john39's picture

how did the great hero look out for the little guy with the indefinite detention bill that recently was passed...

mossme89's picture

Finally, some good news at last!

proLiberty's picture

More news from the Land of the Free, where Congress shall make no law that infringes on free speech.

nmewn's picture

Sad ain't it?

Dare I say it...the sheep are beginning to bleat? They must be hungry for...something ;-)

tony bonn's picture

i am glad folks are up in arms  but i hope the obama assassination bill is used to kill off every single one of these goddamned assholes....

these fucktards are more worried about their precious little blogs being shutdown than over the fact that the president of the united states for arbitrary and no reason at all can order the murder of any usa citizen....

fuck all you internet cunts....

entropos's picture

Totally agree. Fuck 'em.

AchtungAffen's picture

Oh I agree so much. While SOPA is nefarious, none of these "freedom fighters" fought the real causes like avoiding war in Iraq, avoiding unaccountability for financial criminals, avoiding the patriot act, and so much more. Once the regressive tide hits their entertainment, that's when they get social conscience? That's Amerikkka, land of the digital device alienated...

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Here's a rule of thumb that is developing amoungst my peers.


Whatever ZH says, chances are very good that the opposite will happen.


I guess it's the clientele - one serves the dishes that the customer demands.


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swani's picture

Peak Oil

Were you expecting ZH to prognosticate the future for you?

Agent P's picture

And you're pointing this out on a contributor post because...?

BigDuke6's picture

'Peak oil poet'.....or 'pop'.


What a fucking wankey nom de plume.

TheAkashicRecord's picture

//Whatever ZH says, chances are very good that the opposite will happen.//

Heaven itself would manifest on Earth if that statement is true, to my knowledge, that hasn't happened yet and ZH and its associated community remains an objective observer of the debt-corporatism-warfare-white collar crime paradigm