Obama Says So Long SOPA, Killing Controversial Internet Piracy Legislation

Discussion in 'Front Page News' started by STORMS, Jan 17, 2012.

  • by STORMS, Jan 17, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    STORMS "I said... shake, rattle and roll!" Staff Member Administrator

    Okay, this is going to be a big "copy/paste" because I for one do not know all of the details on this, however seeing an RT by MrWizard's twitter... I saw this, an article called "Obama Says So Long SOPA, Killing Controversial Internet Priacy Legislation".

    The growing anti-SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) support that has swept through the gaming and Internet community found a very big ally today. With websites like Reddit and Wikipedia and gaming organizations like Major League Gaming prepared for a blackout on January 18th – the same day that the House Judiciary Committee hearing on HR 3261was scheduled in Washington, DC – President Barack Obama has stepped in and said he would not support the bill. SOPA has been killed, for now.
    Much to the chagrin of Hollywood, the Entertainment Software Association (which has been a backer of the bill from early on), and Internet domain company GoDaddy.com (which lost many accounts as a result of its support for the bill); SOPA has been shelved. The Motion Picture Association of America, one of the bill’s largest sponsors, is expected to regroup.
    California congressman Darrell Issa, who has been opposed to the bill from the beginning, praised the Internet action that has swept like a virus across the Web the past week.
    “The voice of the Internet community has been heard,” said Issa. “Much more education for members of Congress about the workings of the Internet is essential if anti-piracy legislation is to be workable and achieve broad appeal.”
    But there remains another similar bill, Protect IP (the Enforcing and Protecting American Rights Against Sites Intent on Theft and Exploitation Act), that poses a problem for gamers and Internet users. This legislation is scheduled to go before the Senate on January 24th.
    Both SOPA and Protect IP attempt to combat online piracy by preventing American search engines like Google and Yahoo from directing users to sites distributing stolen content. Both bills also would enable people and companies to sue if their copyright was infringed. Obama has come out against both bills, which killed SOPA and puts pressure on senators come January 24th. The full White House response can be read here.
    “Any provision covering Internet intermediaries such as online advertising networks, payment processors, or search engines must be transparent and designed to prevent overly broad private rights of action that could encourage unjustified litigation that could discourage startup businesses and innovative firms from growing,” said The White House. “We expect and encourage all private parties, including both content creators and Internet platform providers working together, to adopt voluntary measures and best practices to reduce online piracy.”
    Just like piracy itself, this debate isn’t over. Expect more bills to move forward, although the wording in future legislation is expected to be more narrowly focused in an attempt to appease the current administration. But given the current economic climate and the upcoming Presidential election, there could be a different administration entering The White House soon, changing the landscape for these types of bills.
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Discussion in 'Front Page News' started by STORMS, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. Z-911-Z
    They'll be back, then when a bill's past the hackers will destroy stuff since they can't go to their porn/hentai sites.
  2. Rathalos
    Pretty sure PIPA still exists, the senate version of the sopa bill, so were not out of the woods yet.
  3. IceNinja
    These bills have nothing to do with streaming video game tournaments and if passed wouldnt affect us.
  4. Reedoms
    I really hope you aren't serious.
  5. Juggs
    You need to read up on this man. It affecting streaming isn't the problem.
  6. RagingNight
    wow.... I don't know what to even say to this without being offensive and rude
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  7. Z-911-Z
    Would it honestly surprise you if hacktivity wasn't rampant if popular sites were taken down?
  8. DanCock
    Yea PIPA is still there and democrats support this so im worried.. the head of the senate harry reid (D) was on meet the press the other day and commented on the bill saying they must pass it because it "creates jobs". so im still worried..
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  9. GNG Iniquity
    Do you like the internet? Oh, you do!

    Well, SOPA wants to change ALL OF THAT.
    K.O.E_18 and DanCock like this.
  10. Reedoms
    If because they can't get porn, yea. That would really surprise me.

    3/4 of the people debating on these bills don't know anything about computers/the internet. I watched a stream of them proposing amendments to it and they are all retarded as hell.
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  11. G4S KT
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  12. 9.95
    One down, one to go!

    This is what happens when people mess with our streams!!!
  13. Sokon
    please don't talk about things you have no understanding about.
  14. The Ghost of Tim Static
    they get pissed on....

    (c wut i did thar?)
    Spletty91 likes this.
  15. swag1
    Somebody get 16 Bit to call him out.
  16. The Ghost of Tim Static
    blackout everything you got.

    TYM avatars, FB profile pics, twitter profile pics and backgrounds, anything you can think of.

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  17. Carefoot
    This is a diversion. SOPA was the smaller act PIPA (protect IP act) is far worse.

    The PROTECT IP Act (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 or PIPA), also known as Senate Bill 968 or S. 968, is a proposed law with the stated goal of giving the US government and copyright holders additional tools to curb access to "rogue websites dedicated to infringing or counterfeit goods", especially those registered outside the U.S.[1] The bill was introduced on May 12, 2011, by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)[2] and 11 bipartisan co-sponsors. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that implementation of the bill would cost the federal government $47 million through 2016, to cover enforcement costs and the hiring and training of 22 new special agents and 26 support staff.[3] TheSenate Judiciary Committee passed the bill, but Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) placed a hold on it.[4]
    The PROTECT IP Act is a re-write of the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA),[5] which failed to pass in 2010. A similar House version of the bill, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was introduced on October 26, 2011.[6]
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has scheduled a vote on the legislation for January 24, 2012.[7]

    So in other words this is a big distraction to get PIPA in. http://americancensorship.org/modal/call-form.html
  18. jamessmk
    UR IN good hands with Tim, people!!!
  19. General M2Dave
    If you guys are behind on SOPA, just watch this. Albeit the host is a progressive, he criticises both parties on this issue.
  20. DanCock
    Also if people have access to iTunes I suggest going to podcasts and downloading this past Tuesday's episode of democracy now! There's 2 long segments about sopa and pipa. Also other stuff that the govt can do like accessing our email with out a warrant (something that Is allowed now).

    It's not like a regular "person" type of podcast it's professional and it's just a actual show on tv that is made available to people like myself that don't have the time to watch it when it's actually on.

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  21. DanCock
    Just another thing today's episode of democracy now has a little debate on this topic with the co founder of Wikipedia and the opposite view I think she works for time Warner upper management I wasn't 100% sure.

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  22. DanCock
    Yay!!!! Both bills have been scraped. We won. Well atleast for now. :)

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