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A big congratulations to the organizers and participants in today’s internet strikes! Three co-sponsers of the Senate’s internet censorship bill (PIPA) have joined our side. As politicususa reported earlier today:
Already, Republican co-sponsors of PIPA, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) have dropped their support for the bill. (Republican Rep. Ben Quayle has dropped his sponsorship of SOPA in the House).
Later this afternoon Senators Hatch and Boozman announced they no longer support PIPA.
Other senators felt our wrath on their websites. According to the Gizmodo’s reporting:
“Mark Begich (D – AK)? His site’s down completely. Barbara Boxer (D – CA)? Her is loading like it’s hosted on a Palm Pilot. And yes, Patrick Leahy (D – VT), you who co-sponsored PIPA—your site is all the way down. Dead. Gone.”
The fight is far from over. Yesterday, Lamar Smith (author of SOPA) announced his intentions to resurrect SOPA for mark up in February.
According to Smith:
“To enact legislation that protects consumers, businesses and jobs from foreign thieves who steal America’s intellectual property, we will continue to bring together industry representatives and Members to find ways to combat online piracy.
“Due to the Republican and Democratic retreats taking place over the next two weeks, markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act is expected to resume in February.
“I am committed to continuing to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to send a bipartisan bill to the White House that saves American jobs and protects intellectual property.”
Moreover, PIPA remains alive in the Senate, with some rather disappointing support from Democratic Senators, like Al Franken, Sherrod Brown Claire McCaskill, Bill Nelson, and Jean Shaheen.
As Jason Easley suggests, we need to tell these senators to stand with us in opposition to internet censorship. He also provides some information to help apply that pressure here.
Propublica.org is keeping a running total of the status of Senators on PIPa. According to their list, there are so several Senators who are undecided. We need to persuade these senators to join us on the right side of the first amendment.
Official homepage http://collins.senate.gov
Office 413 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Official homepage http://lautenberg.senate.gov/
Office 324 Hart Senate Office Building
We can certain encourage these Senators, who are leaning no, to commit to internet freedom.
Official homepage http://coburn.senate.gov
Office 172 Russell Senate Office Building
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/teamcoburn Phone 202-224-5754
Official homepage http://www.house.gov/kirk
Office 524 Hart Senate Office Building
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/SenatorKirk Phone 202-224-2854
Official homepage http://www.lee.senate.gov/
Office 316 Hart Senate Office Building
Official homepage http://sessions.senate.gov/
Office 326 Russell Senate Office Building
Official homepage http://markudall.senate.gov/
Office 328 Hart Senate Office Building
As Ron Wyden pointed out in a statement today, there is an important procedural vote on SOPA/PIPA on Tuesday afternoon at 2:15.
The Senate, however, has scheduled a vote for Tuesday, January 24 at 2:15 PM to override my hold and move the Protect IP Act towards passage. This will be the deciding vote that determines whether PIPA and SOPA move through the Congress or are turned back for more sober discussion.
ars technica reports that Senator Mark Kirk is now on record in opposition to PIPA.