Apparently Congress Wants To Pretend No One Is Really That Concerned About SOPA
from the so-that's-how-they're-playing-it dept
Despite all of the significant concerns with SOPA, it appears that Rep. Lamar Smith won't let a little thing like the American public stop his plan to help out his friends in Hollywood. It's been confirmed (as has been rumored for weeks) that Smith is planning to hold the markup and followup Judiciary Committee vote over SOPA this Thursday. The manager's amendment doesn't really fix any but the most glaring of problems -- and basically just brings the bill more in line with the already problematic PROTECT IP bill. From what we've heard, Smith and other SOPA supporters still don't believe the American public really cares enough about this bill.
Plenty of folks are working to convince Smith and others that they're underestimating the public's opinion towards censoring the internet. EFF, Public Knowledge, American Censorship, Demand Progress, Engine Advocacy and others are all providing tools to let you speak up. If you think that Rep. Smith and others in Congress are mistaken about the public's feelings towards these bills, pick your favorite and speak up. There's also the amazing new site, I Work For The Internet, which is asking people to add simple photos of themselves in protest of SOPA.
Related to this, the folks at Cato have also officially come out against SOPA and PIPA with the following video:
Julian Sanchez, who appears in the video helped explain the privacy problems with the bill last week here on Techdirt. At this point, the only people we actually see supporting the bill are those in the industry itself. It appears that almost no one else is willing to speak up in support of the bill.