SOPA and PIPA have NOT been abandoned.
There are posts like these going around claiming that SOPA and PIPA have been abandoned. This is MISINFORMATION. Had the original poster and the 3,000-something people who reblogged the post actually bothered to check the linked article, they would have discovered that it was about how both bills have lost sponsors.
This is good news, but each bill started out today with around 30-40 sponsors each, so while a couple striking away their support is great, THIS DOESN’T MEAN THE BILL IS TOAST. There is still work to be done.
And honestly? Check to make sure these kind of posts have correct information before you reblog them. This is the internet - you need to take every ‘fact’ you read with a grain of salt. Stuff like this is incredibly harmful to our fight to defeat these bills. And spreading stuff like that is incredibly irresponsible.
Seriously I think this is the eighth time I’ve had to make a post like this. Why is taking two seconds to check the information so hard? I mean really.
If everyone could reblog this or a post like it to get it to those already affected by said misinformation that would be great.
“We should not jeopardize a foundational structure that has worked for content owners and Internet companies alike and provides certainty to innovators with new ideas for how people create, find, discuss, and share information.”—AOL, eBay, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Mozilla, Twitter, Yahoo! and Zynga Game Network (in a letter to Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Grassley, Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Conyers)
Not a single reblog.
Is it wrong to be disgusted when I put links up on sites that are at the highest risk from SOPA, and no one cares? Does it not matter that you’ll spend five years in jail for what you have on these sites, and potentially fined millions because of the traffic that goes through them?
Are we all just cattle here?
Why wont you listen?
SOPA is /Not/ dead! -- "The Legislation That Could Kill Internet Privacy for Good"
It’s merely been shelved temporarily until it can be tweaked. Please don’t buy into this ‘dead’ bullshit. oTL It is anything but. If you actually read any of the articles involved, you’d know that they’ve only been put on hold.
But I wanted to bring ANOTHER INTERNET ACT up for consideration that has already passed the committee 19 to 10 in favour a few months back in July of 2011. The same man who sponsors this act also sponsored SOPA, Lamar Smith.
Now before anyone seriously freaks, here is a blurb from the bill, which has broad reaching “Big Brother”esque language to monitor everyone in the US who uses the internet.
…under language approved 19 to 10 by a House committee, the firm that sells you Internet access would be required to track all of your Internet activity and save it for 18 months, along with your name, the address where you live, your bank account numbers, your credit card numbers, and IP addresses you’ve been assigned.
As written, The Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011 doesn’t require that someone be under investigation on child pornography charges in order for police to access their Internet history — being suspected of any crime is enough. (It may even be made available in civil matters like divorce trials or child custody battles.) Nor do police need probable cause to search this information.
Please pass this on if you live in the US, or even if you live abroad. This bill is FAR TO BROAD and prying to be made into law! One of our last forms of privacy is currently being contested. Contact your senators, and don’t believe for a second that either PIPA or SOPA are gone for good. On top of those two, and this bill that’s been over shadowed by the previously mentioned two, things could be far more worse.
Please just take a few seconds, reblog this. Let everyone else know.