January 14, 2012
As more and more actions are planned in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), the dual pieces of anti-online piracy legislation moving through Congress, the architects and supporters of these bills have finally begun tiptoeing back.
PIPA co-sponsor Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) on late Friday released a statement saying: “I would not vote for final passage of PIPA, as currently written, on the Senate floor.”
However, Cardin said he would remain a co-sponsor because it would give him “the opportunity to be an active participant in the process of addressing the most serious concerns raised by my constituents.”
Meanwhile, six other Republican Senate co-sponsors of PIPA — Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Tom Coburn (R-OK) — sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Friday asking him to delay the impending full Senate vote on PIPA scheduled for January 24.
RELATED: One Man Stands Up, Changes the World
Alex Jones speaks with guest Frederick, a listener who kicked off the boycott against website hosting giant GoDaddy over its support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) legislation that many fear will be the downfall of Internet freedom and enable a crackdown on dissent on the basis of reported copyright violation.
Frederick helped domain owners move their sites, sparking tens of thousands of withdraws, which soon forced GoDaddy to publicly disavow SOPA in order to save its reputation online. It is truly the story of what one person can do when they stand up to the system in effort to make a difference.