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.
I favor freedom…The idea that we’re going to preemptively have the government start censoring the internet on behalf of giant corporations and economic interests strikes me as exactly the wrong thing to do.
Newt Gingrich on SOPA.
» Well, that sure worked: During the “great blackout” yesterday, one of the only things you actually could do with Wikipedia was get the information about your local congressperson, so to lodge a complaint against the SOPA and PIPA legislations that were the order of the day. This stripping down to such a basic, singular function proved to have just the effect Wikipedia had hoped for, as evidenced by the figure above; this surge in popular outcry clearly rattled quite a few on Capitol Hill, as numerous former supporters have changed their tunes.
» A great breakdown: Mashable’s dissection of the entire SOPA bill, in case you haven’t read it, does wonders in terms of clearing up what on its face is a confusing piece of legislation. It’s a solid breakdown that cuts through the legalese.