Cyber Strike nets more blows to SOPA and PIPA

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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.

Susan Collins

Official homepage http://collins.senate.gov

Fax: 202-224-2693

Office 413 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Twitter: http://twitter.com/senatorcollins

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/susancollins

Phone: 202-224-2523

Frank Lautenberg

Official homepage http://lautenberg.senate.gov/

Fax 202-228-4054

Office 324 Hart Senate Office Building

Twitter http://twitter.com/franklautenberg

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/franklautenberg

We can certain encourage these Senators, who are leaning no, to commit to internet freedom.

Tom Coburn

Official homepage http://coburn.senate.gov

Fax 202-224-6008

Office 172 Russell Senate Office Building

Twitter http://twitter.com/TomCoburn

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/teamcoburn Phone 202-224-5754

Mark Kirk

Official homepage http://www.house.gov/kirk

Office 524 Hart Senate Office Building

Twitter http://twitter.com/SENATORKIRK

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/SenatorKirk Phone 202-224-2854

Mike Lee

Official homepage http://www.lee.senate.gov/

Office 316 Hart Senate Office Building

Twitter http://twitter.com/SenMikeLee

Phone 202-224-5444

Jeff Sessions

Official homepage http://sessions.senate.gov/

Fax 202-224-3149

Office 326 Russell Senate Office Building

Twitter http://twitter.com/SenatorSessions

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/jeffsessions

Phone 202-224-4124

Mark Udall

Official homepage http://markudall.senate.gov/

Fax 202-226-7840

Office 328 Hart Senate Office Building

Twitter http://twitter.com/MarkUdall

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/markudall Phone 202-224-5941

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.

* UPDATE:

ars technica reports that Senator Mark Kirk  is now on record in opposition to PIPA.

 

 

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