SOPA Shelved

Tyler Durden's picture

And so following a massive groundswell of protest with the government's attempt to blatantly confiscate the First Amendment, SOPA quietly dies.

From The Hill:

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) announced on Friday that he will postpone consideration of his Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) until there is wider agreement on the controversial legislation.


"I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy," Smith said. "It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products."


Smith's announcement came just minutes after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced he would shelve the Senate's version of the anti-piracy legislation, the Protect IP Act.


The move is a stunning acknowledgment of failure for the powerful chairman.


Smith was the author of SOPA and its most vocal proponent. He had repeatedly said the bill did not need to be changed and accused the critics of "spreading lies."


But support for the bill collapsed after a massive Web protest on Wednesday. Major sites including Google and Wikipedia either shut down in protest or displayed messages opposing the legislation.

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Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

The government is waking up the sheeple by trying to take away their internet.

Yet maybe now there will be nothing to worry about....

"You can have your go back to sleep....back to sleep."

Badabing's picture

And just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water..............

Cash_is_Trash's picture

Chris Dodd is still a piece of shit.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

His father was a piece of shit, his father was a piece of shit, and yes, Chris Dodd is a piece of shit.

dwdollar's picture

Bye SOPA. See you next year around Christmas Eve, disguised as a different acronym attached to a "must pass" piece of legislation, such as a defense spending bill (to kill all those "terrorists" we haven't killed thus far).

greyghost's picture

so the little nazi from texas was sent packing!!!! right along with his commmie counterpart from the state of nevada!!!!! two sides of the same coin....

12ToothAssassin's picture

"Im not quite dead yet" 


Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Killing this thing is going to be like killing a vampire. It's gonna keep rising from the dead until they get it passed. Next step on their agenda is to dial up some more "terrorist attacks" where the "terrorists" will "use the internet to attack us", just like they already "used the airlines to attack us". We see how that one played out.

Comay Mierda's picture

Internet wont matter when your thrown into a FEMA camp.  I'll be happy when the sheeple protest the NDAA

BorisTheBlade's picture

One thing they missed while trying to pass SOPA was to establish link between piracy and terrorism, I don't think they will make the same mistake again. Another reincarnation of it might be wrapped up around with some other piece of legislation that in itself not caalled SOPA but will overlap control over internet and among things mentions online piracy a threat to national security. That would totally make sense in a fucked up the way I think they might think.

Dooud's picture

....'tis but a scratch. --SOPA

Ruffcut's picture

Soapa is washed up for the time being.

CompassionateFascist's picture

Limbaugh, who reads this site, spent a few minutes attacking SOPA on his show this AM. Maybe that's the silver bullet, maybe not. My guess it'll be back. Like, attached to the next "Defense Appropriations" bill...

Killer the Buzzard's picture

Sopa de pollo... las bitchez!

Miss Expectations's picture

"Don't worry, go back to your cabins."

BLOTTO's picture

Wait until 'Annoymous' or some other 'internet threat' pokes its ugly head again - and then they will have no choice but to implement SOPA or some other fucking shit... to protect 'us' - so says 'them'.

Its just a matter of time...

The internet is one of the last few places you can get - if you search in the right places - valuable information on the truth and to follow what 'they' are doing and whats next...


CPL's picture

Anonymous did last night.

tarsubil's picture

I never heard of or use megaupload, but I'm so pissed I'm tempted to do something very illegal.

Dear Anonymous,

I have an idea that is not illegal and is not sexy but I think with your skills and just a little work will be able to make your enemies feel real pain.

CPL's picture

Anyone can be anonymous.  There are many branches, we haven't been exclusively technical for around two years.  Most of the efforts now are based in combatting the complete retardation of the TPTB attempting to "add value" to things that they take for granted or never think about.


SOPA and PIPA will eventually pass and be masked under some other foolish umbrella.  My thoughts on the reversal of attitude last night has more to do with the 400 ex armed forces that requested our assistance in locating the family members of the Senators and Congress people that were for the proposal.  We refer to these folks as the /k/'s.  You can go see how much fun they are on  They are the physical arm.

SWaGSec obtained the information and currently there are 400 well armed loons running around.

tarsubil's picture

I just cannot condone violence. That is the one thing the Fed government is good at. I don't believe an armed resistance from without would ever work and it would play into their hands. My idea is legal and is specifically targetted at stopping SOPA or PIPA or any legislation from getting off the ground after it is passed.

JeffB's picture

TPTB are not going to allow Anonymous to continue to taunt them.

They're going to be working diligently to put a stop to their activities as it is at least irritating and embarrassing to them and potentially threatening to them.

They won't stop until they can control them -- whatever it takes.


americanspirit's picture

Greyghost - you've got that right. Lamar Smith is exactly a little nazi. I live in his district and am continually affronted that this criminal continued to be re-elected. He has voted for every piece of legislation that has undermined the constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the economy of this country and yet almost nobody here in Texas realizes what a total disaster he is. He gives Nazis a bad name. And believe me I have called his office many times and said as much - doesn't matter at all, of course. The level of ignorance of the people combined with the power of special interests ensures that this little creep will continue his work undermining the country.

blindfaith's picture


 you over look the sponsor of this nazi bill, Mr Marko Rubio (R) from Miami?  Start looking under rocks, before you throw them at ghosts riding off into the past.  This wonder boy was so disliked by the Republicans in State of Florida legislator, that they chased him out of the Senate....NOW that says a lot.  Of course that didn't stop the the Miami Cubans from getting him into the US Senate as their 'tea party' boy, and eveyone overlooked his history.  You all need to keep you eye on this guy, his hatchling the Communication Decency Act, SOPA, PIPA these will all come back again and likely during the last 3 minutes before Christmas recess when Marko and his pals lag behind to do their business.

So there you have, cuss and curse the Democrats but the sponsors are Republicans, with easy-to-be-bought Democrats catching a ride including the bums listed above. 

SOPA and PIPA are from this boy and his Republican counterparts.  Go Google it, find the facts for yourself before these boys find a work-around and have their way while you drink your eggnog.

The New York Times reports that Internet protests against anti-piracy legislation (SOPA and PIPA) are working. "Freshman Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a rising Republican star, was first out of the starting gate Wednesday morning with his announcement that he would no longer back anti-Internet piracy legislation he had co-sponsored. Senator John Cornyn, the Texas Republican who heads the campaign operation for his party, quickly followed suit and urged Congress take more time to study the measure that had been set for a test vote next week."

Lets hope Ron Paul wins and asks for Huntsman as his VP, then we might have hope.

prodigious_idea's picture

I think Rubio withdrew his support.  Strange as co-sponsor.

candyman's picture

Can't say much till we see the outcome of the next election. The best case is a sweep...Lets see if all the bums are thrown out.

aerojet's picture

When does that ever happen?  The only sweeping change I can remember was after the Democrat Congress got wiped out after they passed that stupid "assault weapons" ban.

Ferrari's picture

There's little hope of sweeping the bums out when all candidates, but one, are bums. I see bums everywhere.

Things that go bump's picture

We have to throw all of them out of office.  Every last one.  Maybe the next batch of slime will be more responsive to their constituents. 

BidnessMan's picture

Nah - will be somehow wrapped around preventing distribution of child pornography

orangedrinkandchips's picture

The shit doesnt fall far from the


All of the above are fucking crooks....

Babushka's picture

The states which suppress Internet freedom and impose censorship are doomed ...  Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State

orangedrinkandchips's picture

Tar and feathe the fucking cocksuckers....(my apologies to all cocksuckers...nothing wrong with that...after won't suck itself!)

BidnessMan's picture

Not that there is anything wrong with that....

Colombian Gringo's picture

Calling Chris Dodd a piece of shit is an insult to feces.

Cash_is_Trash's picture

Bring back SOPA! Freedom scares me. </s>

Deo vindice's picture

SOPA was a trial balloon. It will come back and keep coming back under different guises because the agenda of the NWO is being constantly frustrated by the dispersal of news through the internet.

This was just a battle won. Not the war.

The price of freedom is still eternal vigilance.

Dr. Richard Head's picture

It will indeed come back.  I would assume the next bill will be called Suddenly Halting Internet Traffic or S.H.I.T. for short.

Creating Utilitarian Normal Traffic - CUNT


Mr Kurtz's picture

Nah, it will come back as a "rider" to the next NDAA in 2012.

Mr Kurtz's picture

Nah, it will come back as a "rider" to the next NDAA in 2012.

blindfaith's picture

sponsored, once again by the neocon wonder boy:

Marko Rubio (R) Miami