Reaction to the shelving of SOPA, PIPA
Congressional action on the House of Representatives' Stop Online Piracy Act and the Senate's PROTECT IP Act came to a screeching halt today in the wake of protests against the bills earlier this week. Here's a sampling of the reaction online.
- U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said today that hearings regarding SOPA are being postponed until further notice.
- And U.S. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the Senate Majority Leader, said a vote on PIPA was indefinitely postponed.
- The reaction:
- Hi everyone! A big hurrah to you!!!!! We’ve won for now -- SOPA and PIPA were dropped by Congress today -- the votes we’ve been scrambling to mobilize against have been cancelled. The largest online protest in history has fundamentally changed the game. You were heard. On January 18th, 13 million of us took the time to tell Congress to protect free speech rights on the internet. Hundreds of millions, maybe a billion, people all around the world saw what we did on Wednesday. See the amazing numbers here and tell everyone what you did. This was unprecedented. Your activism may have changed the way people fight for the public interest and basic rights forever. The MPAA (the lobby for big movie studios which created these terrible bills) was shocked and seemingly humbled. “‘This was a whole new different game all of a sudden,’ MPAA Chairman and former Senator Chris Dodd told the New York Times. ‘[PIPA and SOPA were] considered by many to be a slam dunk.’” “'This is altogether a new effect,' Mr. Dodd said, comparing the online movement to the Arab Spring. He could not remember seeing 'an effort that was moving with this degree of support change this dramatically' in the last four decades, he added." Tweet with us, shout on the internet with us, let's celebrate: Round of applause to the 13 million people who stood up - #PIPA and #SOPA are tabled 4 now. #13millionapplause
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