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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    Anonymous Coward, 18 Jan 2012 @ 6:30am

    doesn't look as if the rest are exactly falling over themselves to withdraw their sponsorship of SOPA/PIPA, does it? perhaps there are some bonus contributions being made?
    and as stated above, the media are all but ignoring the web blackouts. all that's being discussed is the ways to still use those particular sites. goes to show where the benefits of internet censorship will go, where the abuse of power is being used and by whom! it sure as hell isn't by those that have gone dark!

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