Friday, March 9, 2012

SOPA and PIPA are dead

From Demand Progress:

What a difference a few months makes. Check out today's big headline:

POLITICO: Pols fear SOPA 'backlash'

The work we've done together has started to change the game in Washington -- and the politicians are terrified:

In the wake of the Internet blackout that led to the dramatic death of two controversial online piracy bills, a new warning has entered the Hill vernacular: “Don’t get SOPA’d.”

There's still a lot of work in front of us -- and plenty of politicians and bills that we need to make damned sure do get SOPA'd:

•SOPA sponsor Lamar Smith wants to force ISPs to track and retain Internet users' data -- but we've been able to stymie him.

•John McCain's cybersecurity bill would give the military new powers to monitor the civilian Internet -- but in the last 3 days more than 60,000 Demand Progress members have fought back.

•The National Defense Authorization Act allows the military to detain Americans without charge or trial -- but we're helping keep the pressure on, in the halls of the Capitol and in the courts.
The fight never ends, but it's clear that our work together has had a tremendous impact.

We've changed the way Washington thinks about civil liberties and Internet freedom.

It looks like PIPA and SOPA are dead. Way to go,everyone we did it. We've got the government scared of the people which is how it should be. Give yourselves a pat on the back for a job well done.

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