First One Down: Rep. Lee Terry Removes His Name As A SOPA Co-Sponsor

from the who's-next? dept

We were wondering when our elected officials would start realizing just how toxic SOPA and PIPA have become. It appears it's happening today, along with the online protests. Rep. Lee Terry, from Nebraska -- who just last week expressed some concerns about the bill at CES, but still appeared committed to it -- has announced that he's removing his name as a co-sponsor of the bill, becoming the first US Representative to do so. Over in the Senate, Senator Jerry Moran did so way back in June -- and has since become a leading voice against PIPA. Terry's spokesperson claimed that after listening to some of the complaints, he realized that the bill just has too many problems, and could cause more harm than good -- especially for the open internet. Good for him. Now... who's next?

Filed Under: backlash, blackouts, co-sponsors, lee terry, pipa, protect ip, protests, sopa


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    Donnicton, 18 Jan 2012 @ 5:12am

    The media bias against Wikipedia protesting is fascinatingly palpable.

    CNN has been the only somewhat decently objective source so far - the content-owned slave/joke groups such as Fox/MSNBC stop just short at overtly blaming Wikipedia for panicking over nothing, and spend more time discussing the ways to get around it than the reasons they're protesting the bill.

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