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SOPA: Bloggers and Libertarians vs. Hollywood

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Writes Ars Technica‘s Lee:

…the fight over SOPA is less about left versus right than it is about declining industries—Hollywood and major labels—versus the Internet community. Conservative bloggers like Erickson, Matt Drudge, and Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds are as offended by the legislation as are their liberal and libertarian counterparts. Conversely, even staunch civil libertarians seem to get confused about copyright issues if they’re too closely tied to Hollywood.

Other conservative and liberal bloggers are speaking out against SOPA, saying that it could mean the literal end of them.

After the drawn-out hearings about SOPA on December 15 and 16 — which also revealed how little politicians understand about the workings of the internet — lawmakers agreed to table discussion until Congress meets again in January and SOPA’s opponents have been gathering their forces. Conservative Rep. Darrell Issa (CA), Senior House Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, has been leading the hearings and has said that SOPA should not be brought to the House floor.

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7:54PM PST on Jan 18, 2012

censorship smacks of 'budding dictator,rigid regime..and our cherished freedom of speech is compromised..NO WAY

1:59PM PST on Jan 18, 2012

I'm a retired English teacher and am against censorship of any kind.

1:05PM PST on Jan 18, 2012

Why would anyone want to destroy internet commerce like this? This won't even benefit the companies that support it. It is CRAZY! If either of these things passes, and is enforced it will kill millions more jobs in HOLLYWOOD, as well as other media industries, and across the board. It would be a HUGE mistake to let this go through. The internet is the real place where we get the "trickle" or "ripple" effect that the Republicans keep claiming comes from the "job creators," by which they mean the Plutocracy in this country. The people who support this don't seem to understand the #1 RULE OF BUSINESS: THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT.

9:24AM PST on Jan 18, 2012

like I said. Care2 could get blocked because of all those who use their gallery to upload other's works, and linking to youtube.

8:46AM PST on Jan 18, 2012

hhmmm

1:44AM PST on Jan 18, 2012

Boycott Hollywood and their adviterzers,

4:27PM PST on Jan 2, 2012

I do not want this 'stuff' to become law.....It is no other other then a way to stop people from sharing their thoughts and items they think are import and or fun.

4:24PM PST on Jan 2, 2012

I do not want this 'stuff' to become law.....It is no other other then a way to stop people from sharing their thoughts and items they think are import and or fun.

3:13PM PST on Dec 31, 2011

I am a conservative Republican. I am for less government. I am opposed to all kinds of censorship.
I hate censorship. Government censorship is wrong.

10:02AM PST on Dec 31, 2011

Craig D. - LOL You think you can blame Obama for this, as if McCain would have been better? He woulda signed this crap too. Hell, he co-authored NDAA. So don't even pretend that Obama caused this - they BOTH would have done the same damn thing.

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