When SOPA-PIPA blew up, it was a transformative event. There were eight million e-mails [to elected representatives] in two days. People were dropping their names as co-sponsors within minutes, not hours.MPAA CEO Chris Dodd • Discussing the aftermath of the death of SOPA/PIPA during a speech at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Tuesday night. While the former Democratic senator didn’t seem thrilled to discuss the topic, attendees seemed unwilling to let Dodd avoid the subject. Eventually, Dodd did say he felt that portrayals of the bills’ reach was “over the top”, but also said, in no uncertain terms, that they would not return in the future. “These bills are dead, they’re not coming back,” said Dodd, adding, “And they shouldn’t. I think we’re better served by sitting down [with the tech sector and SOPA opponents] and seeing what we agree on.” source
From a WSJ Mossberg/Swisher talk:
ANOTHER AUDIENCE MEMBER: You’re basically saying somebody robbed my house and they drove a car down a road to get to my house. So you have to do something about the road or something about the car.
MR. EMANUEL: That’s a stupid example, but that’s OK.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Is it? It’s exactly what you’re describing. How is it AT&T, Verizon and Google’s responsibility to keep your stuff safe? They’re not policemen. They don’t police things.
MR. EMANUEL: They decide when they want to police stuff and when they don’t. Child pornography—they can actually filter that. They stop those people.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: But you can still get child pornography on the Internet.
MR. EMANUEL: Stealing is a bad thing and child pornography is a bad thing.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: I agree. Where we’re not in agreement is, you can’t tear up the road so people can’t get to your house.
MR. EMANUEL: You know something? You need to sit down. That’s a bad example. Go sit down and think of something else and come back and I’ll scream at you again.
Because Ari shoots first without asking questions, he didn’t realize the guy he talked down here is Joshua Topolsky of The Verge, also known as the most famous tech journalist in the room besides Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg.
» The key word here is “purported.” Critics of SOPA alleged that the text of the bill was too draconian, and would have allowed for shutting down entire websites for questionable infractions (for example, linking to a message board with a comment that directed users to a site with copyrighted material). Opposition to CISPA, however, comes due to privacy concerns: Critics say the bill allows private companies (such as Facebook and Microsoft which opposed SOPA but support CISPA) to exchange personal information and private data with the government a bit too easily. We’ve still got to delve into the nitty-gritty here, but we recommend you seek out a few different takes on the legislation. TechDirt and Geekosystem are both opposed, GigaOm is so-so, and Lifehacker has a nice rundown as to why Facebook and Microsoft opposed SOPA but support CISPA.
PACs are commonplace for companies that lead a big, growing market and Netflix is no exception. Our PAC is a way for our employees to support candidates that understand our business and technology. It was not set up for the purpose of supporting SOPA or PIPA.Anonymous Netflix spokesperson • In a statement emailed to TPM, responding to the news that “hacktivist”-group Anonymous is calling for a boycott of the company after it announced it would be creating it’s own political action committee. According to the spokesperson, FLIXPAC was not created in order to support or rebuild SOPA/PIPA, but instead to allow the company to influence debates on “network neutrality, bandwidth caps, usage based billing and reforming the Video Privacy Protection Act.” He also called Anonymous’ claims baseless, saying, “SOPA/PIPA are dead anyway.” source (via • follow)
Hopefully that was a one-time experience that came from a lot of different things coming together where a lot of different people came to the conclusion that this was a terrible piece of legislation.RIAA head Cary Sherman • Discussing the experience of SOPA and his hopes that the mass online protests won’t repeat. Yeah, internet, we should prove him wrong — by, for example, spreading this quote!
» But only if you used Megaupload to store them. Megaupload wasn’t just a place to share pirated movies; it also served as webspace for people to store their personal documents, pictures, hard drive backups, and the like. But Megaupload didn’t actually own the servers on which its data was stored—they outsourced that two other companies. Now that Megaupload’s been shut down, its assets have been frozen, and so it can’t keep paying the storage centers their fee. So, according to a letter from the US Attorney’s Office, the two data centers could start deleting the data as soon as this Thursday. That would be a shame for many, many people (although it should have been clear from the outset that Megaupload wasn’t the wisest place to back up one’s data). An attorney for Megaupload says he’s “cautiously optimistic” that they’ll be able to keep the data from being erased.
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There is no reason that the legitimate issues raised by many about this bill cannot be resolved.Sen. Harry Reid • Discussing his decision to effectively shelve PIPA for now, while the Senate works through its issues with the legislation. The bill isn’t dead, though, just getting reworked. Reid hopes that Sen. Patrick Leahy, the guy behind the bill, will do his best ”to forge a balance between protecting Americans’ intellectual property, and maintaining openness and innovation on the Internet.” The bill was supposed to face a vote Tuesday, but no longer. It might show up later, though.
The truth of the matter is, the law [SOPA] is far too intrusive, far too expansive… it would have a potentially depressing impact on one of the fastest growing industries in America. …I’m standing with freedom.
Mitt Romney, coming out against SOPA. He was in good company; all four candidates spoke against SOPA, with Rick Santorum being the only to qualify his opposition with a call for more work to protect intellectual property online.