Lamar Smith Calls Wikipedia Blackout Protest a 'Publicity Stunt'

January 17, 2012 -

SOPA sponsor and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) thinks Wikipedia's decision to shut down the U.S. version of its popular site is a stunt to garner attention. Smith continues to say that SOPA will not harm sites like Wikipedia, and will only target foreign websites identified as trafficking in counterfeit goods or copyrighted material. Wikipedia's protest will apply only to the English version of the online encyclopedia and will last for about 24 hours. Wikipedia is the fifth or sixth most visited site in the U.S. depending on what research firm's data you look at. Suffice to say, its services being shut down will be noticed.

“It is ironic that a website dedicated to providing information is spreading misinformation about the Stop Online Piracy Act," Smith said in a statement on Tuesday. "The bill will not harm Wikipedia, domestic blogs or social networking sites. This publicity stunt does a disservice to its users by promoting fear instead of facts. Perhaps during the blackout, Internet users can look elsewhere for an accurate definition of online piracy."

To answer Smith’s question: they could have learned about SOPA and PIPA from network and cable news, but stakeholders from the entertainment industry (who own those networks) have had their own blackout on these bills for quite some time (I can count on one hand the number of times SOPA has been talked about on Fox News, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, etc.). If not for the Fifth Estate (the Internet) no one in America would know about it at all.

Source: The Hill. Image Credit: Facebook


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Re: Lamar Smith Calls Wikipedia Blackout Protest a ...

Personally, I just see someone desperately trying to do damage control on a pair of bills that are turning toxic so fast that he is starting to panic.

Re: Lamar Smith Calls Wikipedia Blackout Protest a ...

"Lamar Smith (R-Texas) thinks Wikipedia's decision to shut down the U.S. version of its popular site is a stunt to garner attention."

Well, yeah. Isn't that the point of a protest?

Re: Lamar Smith Calls Wikipedia Blackout Protest a ...

It is ironic that a person who claims to represent the American people is so willfully ignorant of what Americans want and don't want.

Re: Lamar Smith Calls Wikipedia Blackout Protest a ...

At best he's telling us what we want and don;t want

Re: Lamar Smith Calls Wikipedia Blackout Protest a ...

"The bill will not harm Wikipedia, domestic blogs or social networking sites"

So how much did your masters pay you to spread that compete fucking bullshit?

Re: Lamar Smith Calls Wikipedia Blackout Protest a ...

Wow.  He's really living in denial, isn't he?

If it's such a publicity stunt, Sen. Smith, then why are so many other sites also going dark along with Wikipedia?

Just wait and see what the reaction will be.  I wouldn't be surprised if at where I work, we get a lot of calls from people asking, "How come I can't get on Wikipedia/Google/Reddit/Twitter etc.?"  And then watch what happens when they're told the reason why.  Once they find out the truth about your bill and what it's going to do, you're going to see an upswell in public outcry the likes of which you've never seen.

Re: Lamar Smith Calls Wikipedia Blackout Protest a ...

"SOPA sponsor and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) thinks Wikipedia's decision to shut down the U.S. version of its popular site is a stunt to garner attention."

Well, yeah.  Figure that out all by yourself, Chuck?

"The bill will not harm Wikipedia, domestic blogs or social networking sites."

True or not, it's completely beside the point of a protest you dingbat.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Lamar Smith Calls Wikipedia Blackout Protest a ...

None of these guys seem to be backing this up by quoting the bill its self.  Funny that.  [sarcasm]I guess we will just have to take a politician at his word.[/sarcasm]

 
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