SOPA and PIPA Are Not Quite Dead Yet

    February 8, 2012
    Chris Richardson
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While some may view the shelving of the infamous piracy bills as the death of both SOPA and PIPA, both bills remain alive with active supporters in both houses of the U.S. government. This means the bills are not dead at all. Dormant is perhaps a better descriptor, but make no mistake, the anti-piracy bills have not been buried and forgotten.

As pointed out by TechDirt, Govtrack.us shows that, despite the incredible backlash both bills received, those that want to regulate the Internet with an ironclad fist have kept the bills on life support. Perhaps they are waiting for Americans to move to another trending topic before SOPA and PIPA “miraculously” return. Whatever the case, the opposition to a free and open Internet still exists, and with sufficient numbers, too.

The remaining SOPA supporters, courtesy of Govtrack:

Mark Amodei [R-NV2] Joe Baca [D-CA43] John Barrow [D-GA12] Karen Bass [D-CA33] Howard Berman [D-CA28] Marsha Blackburn [R-TN7] Mary Bono Mack [R-CA45] Steven Chabot [R-OH1] Judy Chu [D-CA32] John Conyers [D-MI14] Jim Cooper [D-TN5] Ted Deutch [D-FL19] Elton Gallegly [R-CA24] Robert Goodlatte [R-VA6] Peter King [R-NY3] John Larson [D-CT1] Thomas Marino [R-PA10] Alan Nunnelee [R-MS1] William Owens [D-NY23] Adam Schiff [D-CA29] Brad Sherman [D-CA27] Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL20] Melvin Watt [D-NC12]

Support for PIPA, the Senate version of SOPA, still has a heartbeat as well:

Lamar Alexander [R-TN] Jeff Bingaman [D-NM] Richard Blumenthal [D-CT] Barbara Boxer [D-CA] Sherrod Brown [D-OH] Benjamin Cardin [D-MD] Robert Casey [D-PA] Thad Cochran [R-MS] Chris Coons [D-DE] Bob Corker [R-TN] Richard Durbin [D-IL] Michael Enzi [R-WY] Dianne Feinstein [D-CA] Al Franken [D-MN] Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY] Lindsey Graham [R-SC] Charles Grassley [R-IA] Kay Hagan [D-NC] John Isakson [R-GA] Tim Johnson [D-SD] Amy Klobuchar [D-MN] Herbert Kohl [D-WI] Mary Landrieu [D-LA] Joseph Lieberman [I-CT] John McCain [R-AZ] Robert Menéndez [D-NJ] Bill Nelson [D-FL] Charles Schumer [D-NY] Jeanne Shaheen [D-NH] Tom Udall [D-NM] Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]

Perhaps the most unfortunate discovery is seeing Al Franken’s name on the PIPA supporters list. Considering his personal crusade concerning location privacy in relation to mobile phones and their carriers, the fact that he supports such potentially destructive legislation is disappointing; but then again, Franken did get his start in show business, so perhaps he’s just supporting the industry that made him famous.

Whatever happens to these pieces of legislation, it’s clear it’s going to take more than an Internet blackout to hold the attention of those officials who believe a regulated Internet is the only way to protect the future of the entertainment industry.

  • http://www.seo-theory.com/ Michael Martinez

    Your anti-SOPA crusade should stop here and now. These bills don’t threaten freedom of speech and they don’t threaten the Internet. You have wasted a lot of people’s time and you look like damn fools for not understanding very basic, simple laws that simply extend extending enforcement of US interests into the finances that support foreign sites.

    Everything you fear about SOPA and PIPA is already being used against American Websites by the American authorities.

    You’re insisting that we live under a burden that doesn’t apply to foreign Websites.

    Are you done looking stupid or are you going to keep this up?

    • Melissa

      My intension is not to argue with you, but I’m not sure if you fully understand the effects that SOPA and PIPA would have on American, Canadian, Australian, European, (and the list goes on and on) everyday, regular people. If you’re interested, I’ll send you some articles so that you can better understand the truth behind the matter.

      That said, I think we’re all proud to be keeping this up.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Richardson

      Actually, the bills, as written, aren’t worth the paper they are printed on. They were meant to go after ANY site that infringed, and when people who know what the hell it is they are talking about discussed how bad those bills were, Lamar Smith comes running out of the dark saying, “no, no, we’re only going after foreign sites.”

      Oh, please.

      But if you think SOPA/PIPA are good things, then go on ahead and do your thing. Meanwhile, I’ll take the word of folks who actually help make the web what it is. You know? Companies like Google, Mozilla, Facebook, Yahoo, eBay, et al.

      But I’m sure they’re just being damn fools, too.

    • Andrew

      You obviously have no idea what you’re talking about.

    • Rina

      Why is our government focusing on crap bills like SOPA and PIPA? I don’t care if Britney Spears is losing 1-5 million dollars a year. She doesn’t have to worry about paying her rent or electricity. She doesn’t wonder if she has enough hours at her $8.75/hour job to feed her family this week. No, all these stars, companies, and entertainment people ride around in damned limos crying that they just lost 1.5 million dollars.
      What about the people who struggle day to day just to keep food on the table, or the people who don’t even have a roof over their head.
      Did you know that the gap between the rich and poor has gotten wider? The middle class which has supported our county with their hard work is all but disappearing?
      Rich people donate because its a tax write off, not because they want to. It means they get to keep their money while I am left paying their share.
      Oh no, I don’t support these bills purely because our government should be worried about far more important things then this. Unemployment, poverty, children’s education… these are the important things just to name a few.
      The music industry losing a couple million? Boo-freaking-hoo.

    • thomas atkinson

      shut the hell up idiot. you dont understand the bill do you “censor websites that infringe copyright”, youtube, facebook, myspace, heck even this website infringe copyright meaning ALL of them WILL be removed, so get your head out your ass and protest or do you not mind having a mute button attached to your face? and for the record. THE GOVERNMENT HAVE NEVER BEEN ON OUR SIDE.

    • Jimmy Recar

      Wow man, have you ever downloaded anything? If you have then you can stop defending both of these pieces of legislation. No it probably won’t threaten freedom of speech but it will stop the sharing of content that is central to free expression. These bills are written by people who have no technical know how whatsoever and are so short sighted that they tried to perform a surgical strike with a battle axe. Read into the proposed restrictions if you dare…

  • http://www.google.com Stephen kollenborn

    Fuck you these bills do threaten free speech you asshole

  • jared

    Mike ignorance is bliss

  • Brian

    Sopa failed. The anti-piracy bunny never fails. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsF7lRacs2M&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  • Tallythat

    Internet regulation isn’t disappearing unless we get big government thugs out of D.C. like Senator Orrin Hatch who wants to blow up criminal computers.


  • S Muffin

    Really neat video!