In response toward the massive, global-scale protest toward SOPA, the Senate pulled out a quite cunning move.
Seeing the recent months, netizens all over the world joined force to voice protest against SOPA/PIPA, a bill that give the US government unprecedented authority to shut down websites without prior notice. You may have noticed already that many sites are joining this protest – Wikipedia, Mozilla, WordPress, and many more. The protest actually produced a positive effect, as many of the people in the House who used to support SOPA/PIPA now turned against them.
Seeing that an overwhelming majority of internet users oppose this legislation and that its potential enactment has caused nothing less than a major uproar in the internet world, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid used an old trick: He postponed the vote for SOPA, which was scheduled for January 24th, to a later date, hoping that the negative publicity surrounding the vote would die down.
Here is the article found through Mashable:
Senator Reid: PIPA Vote Postponed
The anti-SOPA Day of Protest ripples continue to spread. On Friday morning, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) put the brakes on a PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) cloture vote. The vote was originally scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24.
“In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the PROTECT IP Act,” said Reid in a statement Friday morning.
In a cloture vote, the Senate decides whether or not to end debate on a bill and bring it forward for a final up-or-down vote. For such a vote to be successful, three-fifths of the Senate (or 60 Senators) must vote in the positive.
Reid previously said that “we need to work on this and we’re going to — I will hope we can have a manager’s amendment when we get back here in a week or 10 days and move forward on this. It’s important that we try to do this on a fair basis and I’m going to do everything I can to get that done” during a Jan. 15 interview on NBC’s Meet the Press.
On Wednesday, major websites such as Wikipedia and Redditwent dark to protest PIPA and its sister bill in the House of Representatives, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Facebook and Google, which came out against SOPA and PIPA in a public letter written late last year, provided users with information about the bills and contact information for elected officials. Google also launched an online petition, which gathered over 7 million signatures by Thursday morning.
SOPA and PIPA made it into the CNN-Southern Republican presidential debate Thursday night, with each candidate denouncing the bills to some extent.
Supporters of the two bills consider PIPA and SOPA necessary new tools in the fight against online piracy and copyright infringement. Opponents claim they give excessive power to copyright holders and the federal government, and that they risk making the Internet slower and less secure while also stifling online freedom of speech and digital innovation.
Do you think it’s good that the Senate is taking more time to consider PIPA? Let us know in the comments below.
– Source: Mashable
Do not fall to their trick. As I’ve stated above, delaying votings for such ridiculous law is just meant to calm the mass down. Once we lower our guard down, they will also had rebuilt their forces and catch us in a surprise.
I think you’re overthinking it.
Really? Check out this post and see if I was overthinking it or not. (Courtesy to 9gag)
So, what should we do now?
The answer is actually simple. Do not let our guard down, Do not feel safe, Do not lower your voices against SOPA/PIPA.
For those in US, you can also contact your Senators. They — at the very least — have to listen to what you have to say. If they don’t, they hurt themselves by showing that they are a Senate who doesn’t give a damn to what their people has to say.
United, we’ll stop oppression from killing our internet!
More about the development of SOPA
Anonymous’ message to the world