Update on Sopa and Pipa

George Washington's picture

In the face of massive Internet protest today, key senate and house backers of the SOPA and PIPA web censorship bills - including Senators Marco Rubio, Roy Blunt, John Cornyn, Orrin Hatch, John Boozman and Jim DeMint, and Representatives Ben Quayle and Lee Terry - have dropped their support. So have a number of other senators.

At least 17,000 websites allegedly joined in the protest.

Indeed, even several congresspeople joined in the protest. Here's what Congresswoman Anna Eshoo's homepage looks like right now:

And congressman Earl Blumenauer joined in as well.

Google says that 4.5 million people signed their anti-SOPA petition today.

But SOPA's key sponsor - Lamar Smith - is sticking with the flawed bill.


In fact, the Senate is set to vote on PIPA on January 24, 2012, and the House Judiciary Committee continues its markup of SOPA in February.


Hollywood moguls have declared that they will not contribute any more money to Obama since he came out against SOPA. (But given that Obama promised to veto NDAA, and then didn't, that might not mean very much.)

Given that even the web "dark out" hasn't killed these zombie bills, Anonymous is calling for physical protests to oppose the bills:

This is an urgent emergency alert to all people of the United States. The day we've all been waiting for has unfortunately arrived.

The United States is censoring the internet. Our blatant response is that we will not sit while our rights are taken away by the government we trusted them to preserve. This is not a call to arms, but a call to recognition and action! The United States government has mastered this corrupt way of giving us a false sense of freedom. We think we are free and can do what we want, but in reality we are very limited and restricted as to what we can do, how we can think, and even how our education is obtained. We have been so distracted by this mirage of freedom, that we have just become what we were trying to escape from.

For too long, we have been idle as our brothers and sisters were arrested. During this time, the government has been scheming, plotting ways to increase censorship through means of I S P block aides, D N S blockings, search engine censorship, website censorship, and a variety of other methods that directly oppose the values and ideas of both Anonymous as well as the founding fathers of this country,who believed in free speech and press!

The United States has often been used as an example of the ideal free country. When the one nation that is known for its freedom and rights start to abuse its own people, this is when you must fight back, because others are soon to follow. Do not think that just because you are not a United States citizen, that this does not apply to you. You cannot wait for your country to decide to do the same. You must stop it before it grows, before it becomes acceptable. You must destroy its foundation before it becomes too powerful.

Has the U.S. government not learned from the past? Has it not seen the 2011 revolutions? Has it not seen that we oppose this wherever we find it and that we will continue to oppose it? Obviously the United States Government thinks they are exempt. This is not only an Anonymous collective call to action. What will a Distributed Denial of Service attack do? What's website defacement against the corrupted powers of the government? No. This is a call for a worldwide internet and physical protest against the powers that be. Spread this message everywhere. We will not stand for this! Tell your parents, your neighbors, your fellow workers, your school teachers, and anyone else you come in contact with. This affects anyone that desires the freedom to browse anonymously, speak freely without fear of retribution, or protest without fear of arrest.

Go to every I R C network, every social network, every online community, and tell them of the atrocity that is about to be committed. If protest is not enough, the United States government shall see that we are truly legion and we shall come together as one force opposing this attempt to censor the internet once again, and in the process discourage any other government from continuing or trying.




Hundreds protested against the bills in front of senators offices in New York today.

In related news, an Occupy protest aims to shut down San Francisco's financial district on Friday.

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jomama's picture

all these corrupt assholes SAY they are against it publicly, but we know who is financing their re(s)election campaigns.  

i would NEVER vote for eshoo again after her TARP vote.  

sulfur's picture

damn this is so lame....they threaten to shut of the internet and what do you do to protest against that ? shutting of the internet is just what they want and you give it to them....this was a sopa test at best...maybe they were trying to check how many people were able to use the services that were "down" anyways

RichardENixon's picture

"Censorship is cool"-- Butthead

ebworthen's picture

I contacted via his web form one of the Senators you mention as having dropped support.

It took three attempts to get the page to load, and to submit my protest, as his web page was being overloaded.

I can be thankful he is pulling support but he is an old crony capitalist codger that the Republicrats of my state just can't seem to let go of (boot). 

Money 4 Nothing's picture

Cue the Rhapsody... Queen had it right all this time?

I'm just a poor hack, nobody loves me
He's just a poor hack from a hack family!
Spare him his life from this Bill monstrosity!
Easy come, easy go, will SOPA let me go?
Bismilah! No, we will not let you go!
(Let him go!) Bismilah! We will not let you go
(Let him go!) Bismilah! We will not let you go
(Let me go) Will not let you go
(Let me go)(Never) SOPA never let you go
(Let me go) PIPA never let you go (Let me go) Ah
No, no, no, no, no, no, no
Oh Sopapipa, Sopapipa, Sopapipa let me go!
BoozemanRubio has a devil put aside for me, for me,
for meeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!



Please don't make PIPA on the SOPA, it's hell getting the smell out. TIA!

Cyan Lite's picture


The gov't will just label all the protesters a terrorist and lock them up indefinitely until the bill passes.  Duh.

AchtungAffen's picture

It would be highly ironic if Americans manage to stop PIPA and SOPA, but yet put their heads in the sand as for the latest NDAA. It would be highly explanatory of America's true values.

SheepDog-One's picture

Anyone REALLY doubt this will sail thru like NDAA did?

benb's picture

Nope. The drawbridge is down. Hide the women.

spanish inquisition's picture

Henceforth, if your word usage on the internet that is used or spelled incorrectly per Webster's, they should enforce the definitions in their dictionary and should cause you to remove your post. All other word usage is now subject to copyright and charged out at $.01 a word.

Sheriff Douchenik from AZ's picture

Will Lamar Smith get a nobel prize for this? He seems deserving like Thugman, O and Gore.

marcusfenix's picture

tensions over these abhorrent pieces of legislation are oddly distributed. It's feels strange to talk about a suspected CIA data mining company like google in a positive light, but I actually hope their opposition to SOPA and PIPA is genuine and not a pub stunt. without google's support and with it's active resistance I don't see either of these bills surviving much longer, such is the influence they wield in all things web browsing, not to mention the amount of money they have to spread around.

make no mistake, if it was just "we the people" protesting these bills, we would be ignored and these bills would be well on their way to passing, much like the NDAA bill. but now that several globe spanning corporates have got involved, it's a different story and support for these bills has all but vanished. it's beginning to look like the bills are going to be killed, but not by the will and power of the people, we are once again just useful pawns, by the power of multi national corporations, who for whatever reason don't want this to become law.

another example of where the true power lies in USA inc. despite the positive outcome that may occur, people must not be fooled into believing that this was the result of democracy and free people acting, that Washington started listing to us, no, this is clearly the result of some very powerful influences disagreeing with congress for their own reasons.

clearly a case of "the enemy of my enemy is my ally" but only temporarily.

CompassionateFascist's picture

Nonsense. I put a black banner on my sites, and various Senators backed off. Its that simple.

rsnoble's picture

We'll see what happens on vote day. "I don't agree with any of this, but i'll sign it anyway."

The only good thing that will come out of it is I live in a rural area and there is no high speed except for satellite which is near $100 a month. Since all the good sites like ZH won't be around anymore ill be canceling the service.

Bloodstock's picture

As usual people we must vote with our feet. Let the money junkies experience some withdrawal symptoms and BOYCOTT ALL NEW MOVIES for a month or so. Yeah let a few of those so called block busters fall completely on their face and see what happens. I like it!

SamAdams1234's picture

Miss Lindsay Graham (senator SC) seems unlikely to play with his soldier, so he has re-thunk is sponsorhip of this particular PIPA.


Normalcy Bias's picture

If Lindsey came out of the closet in a state like SC, there's no way that he'd be reelected.

lakecity55's picture

Lindsay (in the closet) Graham is a %#$^%^ worthless POS.

He and Barry take turns taking it up the ass.


Widowmaker's picture

This thing is nowhere near dead, or "zombified."

There is big money seeing it through. Congress simply raised the price, knowing full well that they will change the page numbers and it will literally sail through.

Obama lied on NDAA and he is lying on this bullshit, too. He is going to put Larry Fuckhead Summers in the world bank for God sakes!

I am led to believe the entire circus has America taking their eye off the ball for something far more sinister to proceed. Most likely another Socialist giveaway to the rich, or banks, or foreclosure immunity, some bullshit setttlement, or sacrificing citizens rights for the highest bidder elsewhere. my guess is the citizens are unknowingly trading war with Iran and the Internet is the hostage.

Something isn't right, congress never gives in when its oppression for money. Nothing should surprise you with corporations calling unaccountable shots.

BlackVoid's picture

"He is going to put Larry Fuckhead Summers in the world bank for God sakes!"

HE??? No. Obama is just a puppet, he was put there by the banks to do what they say. So he has been told that LS will lead the WB.

GMadScientist's picture

Republicans all.

Quelle fucking surprise...


When will Hollywood get it into their heads that they are small fry?

When will Republicans get it into their heads that they are public servants?

Harbanger's picture

"Republicans all" ?

Quelle fucking surprise... You must be another genius.

FYI- Pipa was introduced in the Senate by D-VT Patrick Leahy. D-NY Schumer and D-NY Gillibrand among other Big Gov. Libs and establishment Repubs.

Mr. Lucky's picture

When will the bill to limit talk radio come? 

Harbanger's picture

It came and went.  It was called the “Fairness Doctrine,” from 1949 to 1987.  Pelosi tried to push a Bill called the Durbin amendment which would also limit talk radio in 2009. 

lakecity55's picture

...as soon as they find a way to modify SOPA and pass it.

Soon enough, Rush will be hauled off with a bag over his head and sent to a Jordanian torture cell.

The Zionist Scum will not rest until we are all chipped and dying in concentration camps.

GMadScientist's picture

Not a moment too soon.

Why would they need to censor something that they've monopolized?

Dollar Bill Hiccup's picture

Hollywood stands for entertainment, which is 99% a mind numbing opiate of the masses.

Rupert Murdoch, the guy who just got caught with his media organization bribing police, officials, illegally tapping etc. is adamant that SOPA is the right thing to do. Hail, Murdoch. Time for you to be taken out behind the barn.

I think that the 1% of content that has any value coming out of Hollywood would not only survive Hollywood's demise, it would flourish.

The same goes for the music "industry" and all of crap that it churns out under its labels.


krispkritter's picture

Well the only good thing coming out of Hollywood is also under attack: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2012/01/18/new-safe-sex-porn-law-could-cost-los-angeles-billions/

Pretty soon the only people able to screw you without a condom WILL BE the 'lawmakers'. Once again gov't regular-lamentations, er, regulations are dick-tating where, how, and who you can fuck. Just another day in Paradise.

the tower's picture

I must agree 100000000%... If a criminal like Murdoch is supporting this bill, then ANYONE must be able to understand that something very very bad is going on... Just call it the "bill that Murdoch wants to have passed, you know, the guy that was wiretapping murdered kids' phones for profit" when explaining your friends about the evil that is about to happen...


And by the way, exercise your consumer power by not buying a single track at iTunes, CD or DVD and don't go to the movies for a month...

falak pema's picture

Pipa sounds like a blow job; as for Sopa its a soap opera where Oprah sings Whitney in Houston, land of the Oligarchs, and obligingly says to please BArry "one moment in time" was a song for the birds. We'll all be Tweeting from now on if Sopa becomes Vigilante Ropa in COngress and gets Internet nailed to the Cross.

GMadScientist's picture

I can't speak to the particulars, but the Duchess' sister does have a nice behind.


falak pema's picture

the duchess being of CAmbridge fame I presume. Her yunga sista being a red flag waved at awl botty pinch n twitch obsessed Italo-froggy dagos who love to see tight ass wrapped in tighter satin sheets.

Pipa and Cathy; what a pair of sweet partridges to bag on a grouse shoot. Makes you want to pull the pip-pip trigga!

Hamsterfist's picture

I want to see the people who said the blackout was a stunt, and would not amount to shit.  While these bills are not dead yet, they certainly are zombiefied.  The point of today was to have the mainstream media cover the bills, of which they had no choice and did so with a vengence.  Weird, that ALL their parent companies are for SOPA/PIPA, but it gets to the point where the dumb masses even begin to wonder why Google has a black thing across it's name.

Knowledge is power, and that power was unleashed today.  To what ends or purpose, that I have no idea.  I am sure we will see the ZOG owns Google, and Wikipedia is a CIA cover, any second know.

NoVolumeMeltup's picture

The sooner those assholes in congress lock down the net, the sooner we can all switch on ad hoc wifi and keep our own DNS records. That's a free internet.

Widowmaker's picture

It takes much more than DNS to run the Internet.

You have to replace ASN's and routing technology, and TCP, etc. and my personal favorite, the millions of miles in infrastructure between cities. Wifi barely makes it across the street, and all spectrum bands otherwise are already owned by the gov inc.

This chess board set up in the 1990s.

GMadScientist's picture

Fuck that. Giant spreadsheet of static IPs. I'm sicking of wasting bandwidth on DNSSEC. ;)

PrintPressPimpin's picture

Curious how this one is going to pan out..  Its Tech corps vs Net corps. Clearly the public is against this but its not like that even matters anymore..  Always waiting for that catalyst that might rally and awaken the critical mass.  If they fuck with facebook that  could be one.  I like your articles keep em coming.. curious how tepcos been screwing things up lately.

Shizzmoney's picture

Curious how this one is going to pan out..  Its Tech corps vs Net corps

It will go the same way the off-shore Poker companies like Full Tilt Poker/Pokerstars, via their lobbying agency, the Poker Players Alliance (headed by fmr. NY Sen. Al D'Amato...yes, set for fail).  Full Tilt Poker, which the DOJ said was a "ponzi scheme" (more like a company set sail for fail), was all over the board of members of the PPA, which gave over $2 million in campaign contributions in the last 3 years since the UEIGA passed.  The PPA even hosted an event at the Denver, CO Democratic Convention in 2008 where Obama and other Dems bigwigs shoo hands and hung out with stars of poker like Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu.  Pokerstars spent over $300K in Nevada last year ALONE.

What happened?  Well, the big casino corporations stepped up THEIR bribery game and gave more.  Harrah's (now Caesar's) gave Bill Frist (who's an Evangelical), who crafted the UEIGA under the guise of "protecting us from online gambling pitfalls" for the Christian vote in TN in 2006, $25K (along with probably various rooms and fancy dinners).  Sheldon Anderson, owner of the Sands Corporation (Venetian), gave Newt $2 million alone (talk about setting money on fire).

Well, we all know who won.  There is NO way the big tech companies, even Google, can outspend Hollywood/Big Media/Big Pharma/Big Banks.  Especially when you can consider that big Hollywood can give more than money, in terms of visible actor endorsements as well as under-the-table hookers.

The only way to defeat money, is through advocacy.....like yesterday.

Remember, the porn lobby, headed by the "Free Speech Organization" (lol) had a YouTube video led by Ron Jeremy saying how piracy had extracted cash from the porn industry that should go to talent, by exploiting technology.

Ron Jeremy and the porn industry ranting about exploitation?  Talk about the Pot calling the Kettle Black (cock). 

Uchtdorf's picture

Things will get worse before they get better. That's always required to engender enough support for a change in the status quo.

847328_3527's picture

Perhaps Lamar Smith needs to be recalled and replaced.

El Gordo's picture

Lamar Smith is one of the most honorable men in Congress.  Once he gets bought and paid for, he stays bought no matter the public outrage.  Show me any other congresscritter with principles like that.

Uchtdorf's picture

+1. He's a pseudo-conservative. I pass wind in his general direction.