We’ve been following the massive internet backlash to the SOPA (PROTECT-IP/E-PARASITE) bill currently being debated in Congress, and it’s coming from all sides. Not only has the internet community rallied against the bill in the form of online petitions and various sites like Tumblr and Boing Boing devoting graphics to censorship, but tech giants like Google, Facebook, Twitter and AOL have submitted a joint-letter speaking in opposition to the measure.
Today, House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi voiced her opposition to SOPA on Twitter. Responding to a question from another user, Pelosi said that we need to find a better solution (presumably speaking of piracy) –
Pelosi, a Democrat, received backup on Twitter from Republican House member Darrell Issa – an influential conservative from California. He responded to Pelosi’s tweet –
Issa has been a vocal opponent to the bill, tweeting about “ctrl+alt+delete”ing the measure. He also tweeted out this video of his opposition during the debates taking place in committees as we speak.
#SOPA…got video of my stand against it in yesterday’s judiciary hearing…stand byI tweeted last night about my strong opposition to
Speaking of Tumblr, they announced today that their efforts led to 87,834 calls to representatives to voice opposition to SOPA. One of those calls even lasted 31 minutes – which signals a pretty healthy discussion.
It’s interesting to see bipartisan opposition to SOPA, considering that its proponents in Congress have been touting it as a bipartisan effort. What do you think about SOPA? Let us know in the comments.