Just so you don’t get completely suckered by what’s going on, let me brief you on the status of the SOPA bill in Congress. This is the so-called Stop Online Privacy Act, HR-3261 and the assumed strategy being employed.
I base this on conversations with lobbyists for the ISP industry actively fighting SOPA.
SOPA is likely just a red herring, a lightning rod for rubes.
Congressman Darryl Issa has pretty much stopped the bill. And now he is introducing the so-called Open Act, which has language a lot more acceptable.
But it doesn’t matter if which has language acceptable to most parties, but this is not important, since SOPA support will dry up with a “OK, you win!” finale.
This is so that the real bill, Senate S.968. The Patrick Leahy “Protect IP Act of 2011” will pass — while all the nuts argue about and then celebrate victory over SOPA.
The House will quickly agree and rubber-stamp the Senate bill which, according to those fighting these bills, is about 96 percent as terrible.
This is a disaster waiting to happen.
Nobody is focusing attention on this parallel bill. Watch this scam get executed like clockwork.
Note how nobody has bothered to even notice this bill. That’s what I’m here for.
Look. This is a sucker’s game. And things will get worse from here, I guarantee. Check out this column I wrote predicting the appearance of the United States in this “national” Internet. Sheesh.
Meanwhile, here are the co-sponsors of this Senate turkey.
Vote them out. And call them.
S.968 – PROTECT IP Act of 2011
Sponsor: Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Cosponsors (and date of cosponsorship):
Sen. Alexander, Lamar [TN] – 5/25/2011
Sen. Ayotte, Kelly [NH] – 6/27/2011
Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [CO] – 7/25/2011
Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [CT] – 5/12/2011
Sen. Blunt, Roy [MO] – 5/23/2011
Sen. Boozman, John [AR] – 6/15/2011
Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [MD] – 7/13/2011
Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [PA] – 9/7/2011
Sen. Cochran, Thad [MS] – 6/23/2011
Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [DE] – 5/12/2011
Sen. Corker, Bob [TN] – 6/9/2011
Sen. Durbin, Richard [IL] – 6/30/2011
Sen. Enzi, Michael B. [WY] – 9/7/2011
Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [CA] – 5/12/2011
Sen. Franken, Al [MN] – 5/12/2011
Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY] – 5/26/2011
Sen. Graham, Lindsey [SC] – 5/12/2011
Sen. Grassley, Chuck [IA] – 5/12/2011
Sen. Hagan, Kay [NC] – 7/5/2011
Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] – 5/12/2011
Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [MN] – 5/12/2011
Sen. Kohl, Herb [WI] – 5/12/2011
Sen. Lieberman, Joseph I. [CT] – 7/7/2011
Sen. McCain, John [AZ] – 7/26/2011
Sen. Rubio, Marco [FL] – 5/26/2011
Sen. Schumer, Charles E. [NY] – 5/12/2011
Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] – 6/30/2011
Sen. Udall, Tom [NM] – 7/7/2011
Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [RI] – 5/12/2011
Sen. Moran, Jerry [KS] – 6/23/2011 (withdrawn – 6/27/2011)