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SOPA, PIPA lose support from lawmakers on Capitol Hill amid blackout

Co-sponsors who say they can no longer support their own legislation include Senators Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, and Ben Cardin, a Maryland Democrat ... .

- Washington Post

Ben Cardin is one of my Congress-critters, and I wrote to him this morning! Yay! (Yes, I know that chances are he hasn't yet got to my message, and may never, but still - feels good, you know?)

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Jan. 19th, 2012 06:28 am (UTC)
That really is good news! I think I signed about eight petitions for (or rather against!) it in the past several days, and posted two on my facebook page. Nice to see they are finally coming to their senses --- wonder if it's too much to hope for, that maybe this could be the beginning of a trend in Congress, as in, "gee, it's an election year, and our approval rating is down near ten percent...Maybe we'd better stop acting like such raging arseholes?!"
Jan. 20th, 2012 01:44 am (UTC)

I got a response from one of the senators today - canned, for the most part, I am sure, but on point, and that's a very spiffy turnaround time. I don't agree with everything that was said ... I sent back a brief polite response that cited John Scalzi's remark that using SOPA and PIPA to stop Internet piracy is like "dealing with burglars in someone’s home by carpetbombing every house on the street."

Jan. 19th, 2012 12:57 pm (UTC)
I don't usually participate in canned campaigns against legislation, but doing something is better than doing nothing, which is probably what would happen if I did this on my own. So I followed a link (from AO3, I think) to the EFF's site to send an e-mail to my Senators and Congressman, two of whom have taken no position on the bill and one of whom, Sen. Menendez, is on record as supporting it.

White House opposition to some aspects of the bill heartens me, as does the following: If the bill passed in its current form, I would expect a legal challenge that would result in the enforcement of the offensive provisions of the bill being put on hold until the Supreme Court struck it down or left an appeals court ruling striking it down intact. I do not believe the bill as written passes constitutional muster, and I believe that any vote at the Supreme Court on the issue would be unanimous or close to it.
Jan. 20th, 2012 01:47 am (UTC)

Cardin was one of PIPA's original sponsors, so I am glad he changed his mind!

devikun linked to a piece from the Harvard Business Review that sums up some of the core issues rather well, I think.

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