The Tide Is Turning Against SOPA … And We Might Actually Succeed In Stopping It

Is the Tide Turning on SOPA?

While a short week ago the Internet censorship bill – SOPA – looked certain to pass, the tide appears to be quickly turning.

Politico notes today:

The conservative and liberal blogospheres are unifying behind opposition to Congress’s Stop Online Piracy Act, with right-leaning bloggers arguing their very existence could be wiped out if the anti-piracy bill passes.

“If either the U.S. Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA) & the U.S. House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) become law, political blogs such as Red Mass Group [conservative] & Blue Mass Group [liberal] will cease to exist,” wrote a blogger at Red Mass Group.


“Some good news on the SOPA front: Its corporate base of supporters is starting to crumble,” David Dayden wrote at Firedoglake. “GoDaddy is not alone. Scores of law firms are requesting their names be removed from the Judiciary Committee’s official list of SOPA supporters.”

In the blogosphere, the trajectory of the bill seemed set — that it is destined for failure if the pressure of the online community is kept up.

“The dynamic is clear. Once SOPA — and its Senate counterpart, Protecting IP Act, or PIPA — became high-profile among the Internet community, the lazy endorsements from companies and various hangers-on became toxic. And now, those supporters are scrambling, hollowing out the actual support for the bill. Suddenly, a bill with ‘widespread’ corporate support doesn’t have much support at all,” Dayden said.

Conservatives took a slightly different tact, though with similar disdain for the anti-piracy measures.

Indeed, blogger Erick Erickson said that he would encourage a primary for any Republican who supports the bill.

“I love Marsha Blackburn. She is a delightful lady and a solidly conservative member of Congress. And I am pledging right now that I will do everything in my power to defeat her in her 2012 reelection bid” due to her co-sponsorship for SOPA, Erickson wrote at RedState. “Congress has proven it does not understand the Internet. Perhaps they will understand brute strength against them at the ballot box. If members of Congress do not pull their name from co-sponsorship of SOPA, the left and right should pledge to defeat each and every one of them.”

Digital Journal reports:

The legislation, which many are suggesting is nothing less than censorship of Internet content and an assault on free speech, has brought many disparate groups together for the first time, such as … the Heritage Foundation and Beregrond, a Libertarian website.


Several Washington D.C. law firms and lobbying groups were added to a list of corporate supporters by mistake and those who were willing to speak on the record were decidedly unhappy with the House Judiciary Committee. “It’s just incorrect. The firm has no position on SOPA,” Davis Wright Tremaine LLP spokesman Mark Usellis stated to Politico.

Even the White House is looking toward opposing the bill, with a petition on the White House website to veto the bill if passed by Congress. The petition needed 25,000 signatures and so far it has 43,351.

Time to redouble our efforts … the tide may be turning, and we have a chance of winning.

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  • Denise Alane Tenny

    I would do all I could to make sure sitting law makers nedd another job if ths bill asses. I would also like the Ndaa re-pealed as anyone who voted yea for that is out of a job!

    • I can’t read this…


      • Michael

        He missed a P when spelling Passes in his first sentence.

        His second sentence actually makes sense. He is referring to National Defense Authorization Act. This is now a law, and its in the same vein as SOPA and Protect IP Act. Here is the wiki article on it.

        Spread the word, those who voted this in, are next on the chopping block. (I meant to be voted out, not murdered). Of course our attention is on SOPA and Protect IP Act first.

        • Michael

          Oh man, I am an idiot. Its nothing like SOPA or Protect IP Act. But it does give government the right to imprison US citizens for life.

  • Fer Van Derber

    One reason the tide is turning against this bill, is that it is uniquely hurtful to bottom lines of some corporations. This is important to keep in mind. Cesspool legislation that obliterates human rights or rewards the financial sector at the expense of everyone else is out of sight, out of mind.
    We still have a draconian lack of freedoom, but out of sight out of mind. DRM, DCMA, etc

  • Steven P. Cornett

    We have to keep after them on this, even if this attempt is stalled momentarily. Remember that these people are not folks who take no for an answer on something they’re anxious to ram though.

    Price of liberty and all that…

  • Rough Tongue

    But but but if they don’t control internet then real information is distributed, if real information is distributed, then people will get angry, things like CBS, Timewarner, Viacom, Disney being the ones that released this panther into the back yard over a decade ago and now that everyone is using the software that they encouraged and in the way they encouraged its use, now it has to become a Felony, they are screaming about THEIR copyrights? It’s okay for the umpteen years of infringing others copyrights, hell they even gave us software to remove copyright protects from software and digital media?
    Then you add in the leech industries like RIAA, ASCAP, BMI that make hundreds of millions yearly off of music and movies, how much do the Actors and Music Artists actually see from all these funds? Not enough……
    Like I said if we do not allow Congress to control what we see (Which is what this bill is really all about) people might see things that make them a bit angry……

  • Here’s the TRUTH of the matter.

    CBS owns CBS Interactive which owns CNET and ZD Net. These same people that are tryin to pass the law are the ones that created the copyright crisis in the first place! In order to download copyright material CNET, owned by CBS Television Corporation, had the exclusive distribution rights and promoted the tools for piracy which are:

    LimeWire 4.16.6 Download Free
    Kazaa Media Desktop 2.5.1 Download Free
    Morpheus 4.9 Download Free
    BitTorrent Version 7.2 Download Free
    Azureus Vuze Version 4.7 Download Free

    All these piracy software programs were made available thru the chain of command and point back to the CBS Television Corporation. CNET and ZD Net are divisions of “CBS Interactive” which is owned by CBS Viacom. There are over 20,000 screen captures as evidence that CNET/CBS actively promoted Piracy Software and it is staggering. There are over 1,000 different software downloads available on CNET, and hundreds of mentions of copyright infringement uses. Some of these instances date back over 10 years ago, and CNET has been distributing LimeWire Software since February 2001 also over 10 years ago. The evidence goes right up to this year 2011, and since CBS bought CNET, they have increased their downloads to over 50 Million on LimeWire alone!! “Over 250 million downloads of LimeWire in Total.”

    YouTube search STOP SOPA – by Michael Mozart