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Whitehouse Will Not Support SOPA, Congress Backpedals Hard

January 16, 2012

The internet is fucking awesome.

Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, has been shelved in the senate because people on the internet were willing to stand up and say “No. This is not how America works.” Six GOP congressmen who supported SOPA from the beginning have now backpedaled, calling for it to be delayed to allow a review of the bill. They cited concerns of their constituents as the reason.

That’s you guys.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) pulled his support from SOPA after Reddit launched a campaign to raise money for his opponent, who also opposes SOPA. The campaign raised more than fifteen thousand dollars in less than two days. He has since decided to oppose SOPA.

You guys again.

Lamaar Smith (R-TX), the sponsor of the bill, has removed one of the most controversial portions of the bill, dealing with DNS blocking (The same method used in the Great Firewall of China and against the protesters in Iran…holy shit, three years ago), from the bill. Due again to backlash from constituents and industry groups.

Still you guys.

And finally, The White House has formally announced that the president will not support the bill, saying in an official blog post that “While we believe┬áthat online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cyber security risk, or undermines the dynamic innovative global Internet.” The White House took this stance because of petitions on the White House’s petition website, We The People, one of them with nearly sixty thousand signatures.

The internet is fucking awesome.

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