"Conspiracy theories are fun and all, but being a sane person, I tend to believe that the MPAA's and RIAA's of the world are doing what they genuinely feel is right for their constituents"
While I don't believe that 9/11 was an inside job.
While I don't believe UFOs and aliens are studied in Area 51.
While I don't believe international banking corporations are behind a massive push for universal communism
While I don't believe vaccines give people autism/allow governments to control your thoughts/whatever.
While I don't believe chemtrails contain chemicals/biological agents purposely sprayed on the population by governments or other authorities.
While I don't believe President Obama isn't a US citizen.
While I don't believe the Moon Landing was done in a Hollywood studio.
While I don't believe HIV/AIDS was created by the CIA in a laboratory
I do believe that, if by "constituents" you mean the artists themselves, you couldn't be more wrong. The MPAA and the RIAA and their never ending expansion of copyright laws have not benefited artists in the slightest. Instead, they have only benefited themselves and an elite few big-wigs in Hollywood and the Recording Industry, not only through extra profits and bonuses to high ranking members such as Chris Dodd, but also by not having to update their redundant business models. In fact, the MPAA at least has been guilty of failing to protect the artists by sitting by silently and allowing dodgy Hollywood accounting to continue unchallenged.
The **AA's are only in it for themselves. They are legalized protection rackets, nothing more.
Bribery constitutes a crime and is defined by Black's Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty.
The MAFIAA gives money (an item of value) to politicians (a person in charge of a legal duty) in order to get them to vote in favor of SOPA/PIPA (influencing their actions).
Normally this sort of thing isn't easy to prove, but this is as good as a confession to it. Upon discovering that many of the politicians (a person in charge of a legal duty) did not vote in favor of his legislation (he attempted to influence their actions but failed) he threatens to stop giving any politician whom won't back his legislation campaign funds (the item of value).
He is guilty of and should be charged with at least bribery, if not bribery, blackmail and threatening Congress. But given his position and power, to think he'll be investigated by the FBI/SS, let alone arrested or charged, is absurd.
Regardless of that, I guess it would be somewhat interesting to see what the Whitehouse says about it. It does, after all, have 3,867 more signatures than it needs to get a response at the time of posting this.
"You've got an opponent who has the capacity to reach millions of people with a click of a mouse and there's no fact-checker. They can say whatever they want."
Looks like your spin department is working overtime for you to cover your asses after SOPA/PIPA more-or-less fell flat on their faces.
Lets not forget that you've got the capacity to reach any member of Congress and offer them a huge paychecks and cushy jobs after tey retire form the house. Give a politician a large enough paycheck or a good enough cushy job after their term is up, logic, reason, facts and public interest go out of the window, and the constitution is ignored completely. Wish we had that, then SOPA would never have been on the agenda to begin with.
@ Dave P
No. They aren't dead. They're only shelved. There's a difference.
Dead means dead.
- They could rear their ugly heads again, perhaps under a different name, within a few months to a year.
- They'll be sneaked in little-by-little with other, possibly irrelevant bills.
Until at the very least, Rep. Smith, Sen. Leahy and every last sponsor/supporter of the bills who hasn't since backed down are removed from their seats, expect the bills to return. But even then, the American public will have to remain vigilant.
Leahy proving is pigheadedness better than ever. He, along with Smith, have proven that they do not care about the constitution or the right or the people. Their respective constituencies have a duty not just to America, but to the world, to get rid of these two dinosaurs. The same goes for the constituency of any Representative or Senator who supports/sponsors the legislation and hasn't since backed down.
Maybe I'm asking too much, but now that SOPA and PIPA are as close to defeated as they will possibly be anytime soon, hopefully the sleeping giant that is the American public will have woken up and start to demand that the all copyright law be re-examined.
For example, have the definition of "fair-use" expanded and the length of copyright reduced to 50 years. Furthermore, all copyright law from DMCA until now are repealed outright and re-written in a language that only effects content pirates and not the general public, and provided heavy penalties for misuse, such as two years federal prison for individuals and a fine equal to 1/2 of their income during the last financial year for corporations.
Hell, if SOPA itself was written to the criteria above, perhaps it would start being S.O.P.A. (Stop Online Priacy Act) rather than S.O.P.A. (Screw Over the People Act).
This is a short-term win at best. Don't celebrate yet.
We have no guarantee that they won't come back in some other form further down the track. We have no guarantee that provisions of SOPA/PIPA won't be sneaked in piece-by-piece.
We still need to make sure that AT LEAST Lamar Smith in the House and Patrick Leahy in the Senate, if not every single sponsor and supporter of the bills whom hasn't since stepped down, no longer has their seats after the next election. While the article may make Lamar Smith SOUND like he's no longer a sponsor or supporter, not only is it very likely he still supports it, but don't forget he's the one who introduced SOPA in the first place.
Furthermore, we need a constitutional amendment that bans corporations from giving political donations, lobbying government and drafting legislation, and provides heavy penalties for both the corporations themselves and politicians/political candidates who accept the corporate campaign donations or introduce corporate-written/corporate-backed legislation.
We won the battle, but the war is far from over.
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."
- Thomas Jefferson
If things continue to do they way they have been for the Democrats (supporting this legislation at the people's expense) then it may be wise for Wyden to abandon the sinking ship that is The Democrats and go to his re-election as an independent. If he continues to support them, they could drag his reputation down with theirs.
To his constituents, I beg them to vote for him even if he remains a Democrat. He was an opponent of PIPA from very early on and if it wasn't for his efforts in opposing it, SOPA/PIPA would be law by now, or at least, there would never have been enough time to build up such huge amounts of opposition to them. If that doesn't count for something, what does?