Bloggers: SOPA, PIPA Will be the End of the Blogosphere

December 27, 2011 -

Bloggers of all stripes and political persuasions are joining together to oppose SOPA and Protect IP, with some telling political publications like Politico that the passage of these bills will be the end of the blogosphere as we know it.

"If either the U.S. Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA) & the U.S. House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) become law, political blogs such as Red Mass Group [conservative] & Blue Mass Group [liberal] will cease to exist," wrote a blogger at Red Mass Group.

Some bloggers have said that the bills could criminalize pages and blogs that link to foreign websites dedicated to online piracy.

“Of course, restrictions of results provided by Internet search engines amount to just that: prior restraint of their free expression of future results. Google and others, under SOPA, are told what they can or can’t publish before they publish it. Kill. The. Bill,” conservative blogger Neil Stevens argued at RedState.

Liberals blogs are pointing out that corporate support for the bills is waning - or at least feeling the heat for their positions. Many point to GoDaddy as an example of the cause and effect of supporting these measures.

“Some good news on the SOPA front: Its corporate base of supporters is starting to crumble,” David Dayden wrote at Firedoglake. “GoDaddy is not alone. Scores of law firms are requesting their names be removed from the Judiciary Committee’s official list of SOPA supporters.”

“The dynamic is clear. Once SOPA — and its Senate counterpart, Protecting IP Act, or PIPA — became high-profile among the Internet community, the lazy endorsements from companies and various hangers-on became toxic. And now, those supporters are scrambling, hollowing out the actual support for the bill. Suddenly, a bill with ‘widespread’ corporate support doesn’t have much support at all,” Dayden added.

Conservatives are taking a different approach, promising to make sacrifices of republicans that support either of these bills. Blogger Erick Erickson said that he would encourage a tough primary for any Republican who supports the bill.

“I love Marsha Blackburn. She is a delightful lady and a solidly conservative member of Congress. And I am pledging right now that I will do everything in my power to defeat her in her 2012 reelection bid” due to her co-sponsorship for SOPA, Erickson wrote at RedState. “Congress has proven it does not understand the Internet. Perhaps they will understand brute strength against them at the ballot box. If members of Congress do not pull their name from co-sponsorship of SOPA, the left and right should pledge to defeat each and every one of them.”

Lawmakers think that they can take control of the Internet but when they return to their district and look for votes they may find that SOPA and Protect IP will be their undoing on election day.

Source: Politico


Comments

Re: Bloggers: SOPA, PIPA Will be the End of the Blogosphere

Networks are versatile people. Don't like the new rules? Private VPN's are what they will drive us all too.

Trust me Big Corporations, you would rather know about what your customers are doing versus being encrypted away from it.

Grow up and get a pair.

Re: Bloggers: SOPA, PIPA Will be the End of the Blogosphere

I keep praying everyday that this bill and PIPA will fail but it's still scary seeing that this dam thing even exists in the first place! D:

Re: Bloggers: SOPA, PIPA Will be the End of the Blogosphere

I for one don't wecome our new Viacom overlords. :P

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Re: Bloggers: SOPA, PIPA Will be the End of the Blogosphere

I imagine that companies like Activision are just salivating at the possibility of shutting down a site over a bad review under the guise so posting "copyrighted content", IE screenshots.

They forget that places like Youtube will likely shut down out of fear, or become hollow shells of their former selves

Re: Bloggers: SOPA, PIPA Will be the End of the Blogosphere

Look what happened at the VGAs. Even without SOPA/PIPA, Viacom keeps trying.

"The Last of Us reveal trailer? Well, we didn't make it, but its world premiere was aired on SpikeTV, our network--what's that, Naughty Dog? Oh, you say you posted it to YouTube because you made it? Well, we still aired it."

Probably not verbatim, but anyhow, similar happened to Metal Gear Solid: Revengance's reveal. Viacom's name on the copyright claim message on YouTube is where I first saw this crop up.

Sent an article on Viacom/the trailer for The Last of Us to all my friends and family. Everyone who I don't talk to regularly on Skype (since I tell them about this stuff from time to time) replied saying that they had never heard of SOPA or PIPA and they think both are horrible affronts to our freedoms.

Now it's coming full circle amongst my friends, last night one of them told me about GoDaddy's supposed turnaround on SOPA before I read about it.

Re: Bloggers: SOPA, PIPA Will be the End of the Blogosphere

You assume they give a shit.

Re: Bloggers: SOPA, PIPA Will be the End of the Blogosphere

Activision would probably do it just for a laugh.

Re: Bloggers: SOPA, PIPA Will be the End of the Blogosphere

Make no mistake, I know they couldn't give less of a piss, and we all know media companies are salivating at looking for reasons to shut down places over bad reviews.

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