Public Opposition Accelerates As Latest Anti-SOPA Petition Hits Goal In Two Days

from the that-was-fast dept

One of the tactics deployed by supporters of SOPA is that there is no real concern from the public regarding the legislation. They like to claim that only those who profit from piracy really want to block this bill. Yet, we see time and time again this is not true. With letter writing campaigns from groups such as the EFF, Public Knowledge and Demand Progress having generated hundreds of thousands of letters, emails and phone calls from concerned citizens, the pro-SOPA groups have had to resort to drastic inflation to defend their side. We now have further evidence that such widespread opposition to SOPA is not only growing but accelerating as well. This evidence comes in the form of two We The People petitions on the White House website.

The first of these petitions, titled “Stop the E-PARASITE Act“, was created back on October 31 when SOPA was known as E-PARASITES. This petition slowly gained signatures for about two weeks and then had a surge of support when the House Judiciary Committee held its stacked hearing on the legislation. On November 16, the petition hit its 25,000 signature goal, a full 14 days before its deadline.

Fast forward to December 18. Only a few days after the House Judiciary Committee held its SOPA markup, a new petition surfaced, “VETO the SOPA bill and any other future bills that threaten to diminish the free flow of information“. With the markup fresh in the minds of those opposed to SOPA, this petition reached its target of 25,000 signatures on December 19, the second day after going public. That is quite the feat.

If there is no real public concern over SOPA, as supporters of the bill claim, who are these people? Why are they so mobilized to sign and complete far ahead of the deadline not one but two White House petitions in opposition to the legislation? Regardless of who these people are or what their motivations for opposition to SOPA are, one thing is clear, these people want action and answers. While there is no time frame for when the Obama Administration will respond, one thing is clear, SOPA is a hot button issue and those trying to force its way through Congress will not be able to ignore the public for much longer.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

Me too. I get the same stupid response back…

Thank you for contacting me regarding current legislation that addresses the issue of online theft of intellectual property. It is good to hear from you.

S. 968, the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property (PROTECT IP) Act, was introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on May 12, 2011, to allow the U.S. attorney general to seek court orders requiring U.S.-based search engines and internet service providers to stop providing links to infringing sites, in addition to requiring payment processors and online advertising networks to refrain from conducting business with such sites. The PROTECT IP Act was reported by voice vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is currently pending before the full Senate for passage.

While a companion bill to the PROTECT IP Act has not been introduced in the House, Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) introduced H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act, which has the same general goal of protecting American ingenuity. It also goes farther to work with other governments, including those of other countries, to combat piracy, in addition to increasing criminal penalties. H.R. 3261 is a more aggressive bill in regard to fighting the theft of intellectual property, and it is currently under consideration by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet.

While I believe individuals and entities who possess copyrights and patents deserve to fully benefit from the legal protection afforded them, any legislation of this magnitude must be carefully considered. I support working toward a solution to ensure our nation’s legal system protects the hard work of songwriters, performers, authors, artists, engineers, and countless others who invest their time and energy to better our country. I assure you I will keep your thoughts in mind as my colleagues and I consider this legislation in the House of Representatives.

Again, thank you for contacting me regarding intellectual property legislation. Please continue to keep me informed of the issues that are important to you, and be sure to visit my website, http://www.womack.house.gov, for more information.

:Lobo Santo (profile) says:

Re: Go baby go!.

Hey, secretly take away our freedoms and we’ll just shrug and say “meh” but take away our most central method for getting movies/shows/games/porn/shopping and perhaps some knowledge and you’ll find Americans up in arms, coming out of the woodwork, [insert somewhat time-worn aphorism here], etc.

America, Fuck Yeah!

;-P

Gothenem (profile) says:

Irony

Irony in that if SOPA passes, whitehouse.gov should be blocked because it contains a link to a copyrighted image. And all funds going to the owners of whitehouse.gov should be stopped by all major banks and credit card companies.

THEN the owners of whitehouse.gov can file a petition to get the fund block removed and their website put back up.

The irony comes from the fact that whitehouse.gov is owned by the US Government. Which means that all we have to do is put links to music videos and copyrighted images/video clips and we can Shut down the government until they can prove in court that they are innocent.

Yeah, this is the America that our Forefathers laid down their lives for.

Gothenem (profile) says:

Re: Re: Irony

The link to the image is on whitehouse.gov not the image itself.

Remember, under SOPA any site that has links to infringing material is also liable.

the website link is on https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/%252F%21/petition/veto-sopa-bill-and-any-other-future-bills-threaten-diminish-free-flow-information/g3W1BscR#%21/petition/veto-sopa-bill-and-any-other-future-bills-threaten-diminish-free-flow-information/g3W1BscR

Philip (profile) says:

Need a better petition...

I would have signed if this wasn’t just so badly written. It’s written as if by a high schooler. I didn’t give it any serious credit.

I suck as a writer. But I’m hoping somebody would create something like this, better written, better backed, and with a lot of good examples of current, and potential abuse if this law goes into affect.

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