After just one day of Internet protests and a concerted effort by the Internet community, the mainstream media finally took notice of the war between the entertainment industry and the Internet over SOPA and PIPA. Every broadcast and cable television network - much to their chagrin - was forced to say something about sites like Wikipedia and Reddit going dark, and Google's redacted logo had a huge impact as well. With the increased media attention and a deluge of phone calls and emails from constituents, several lawmakers panicked and withdrew their support from the bill.
ProPublica, which does a great job of tracking the shifting positions of lawmakers on issues, has been keeping tabs on who said what and who changed their position in the face of increased constituency awareness. Ahem.
At a glance, Rep. Lee Terry (NB.), Rep. Jeff Flake (AZ.), Rep. Kevin Yoder (KS.), Sen. James M. Inhofe (OK.), Rep. Joe Walsh (Ill.) Sen. Jim DeMint (SC), Sen. Marc Rubio (FL.) and many other lawmakers issued statements saying that they had either removed their sponsorship from PIPA and SOPA or outright opposed it.
Where both of these laws go from here is unknown but the increased public scrutiny and the embarrassing segment on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night (featuring part of the recent House Judiciary Committee Markup Meeting where they said "nerd" a lot), should be enough to make lawmakers at least take the time to consult some expert witnesses that know something about how the Internet works.
For a full list of statements, check out ProPublica. It's a great resource.
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