PIPA co-sponsor drops support for his own Bill

When you craft a Bill that can restrict the freedom of the Internet, you are not going to be liked by many. Fortunately, one of the co-sponsors of PIPA has dropped support for his own bill after realizing that it was a terrible idea to begin with according to his Facebook page.

Senator Marco Rubio, a co-sponsor of the PIPA Bill has had a change of heart and has pulled his support for the Bill. He states on his Facebook page:

I have decided to withdraw my support for the Protect IP Act. Furthermore, I encourage Senator Reid to abandon his plan to rush the bill to the floor. Instead, we should take more time to address the concerns raised by all sides, and come up with new legislation that addresses Internet piracy while protecting free and open access to the Internet.

The good news is that he has pulled his support, the bad news is that PIPA and SOPA are still around. But for PIPA, this is a major blow to the credibility of the Bill. Senator Rubio does state that Internet Piracy still needs to be addressed but PIPA would inhibit the freedom of the Internet.

‚ÄčThe usual banter that PIPA would actually protect jobs was the reason behind the Bill but at the end of the day, it would have killed the Internet that we know today. Consider this one small step in the direction of protecting our Internet freedom but the fight is far from over. 

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The sad thing is I still think this is all about the PR. There is too much opposition so they will let it go quiet and tweak it a bit. The worst bits of the bills might be left out for now and they will probably force them through bit by bit instead of in one fell swoop.

KingCrimson said,
Yeah way to have the courage of your convictions Rubio...

You don't think it's better to have a politician who is able to change his or her mind and backtrack on things? Politicians who are stubborn and refuse to ever change their minds are Bad News.

The way I see it is like this.
Piracy > Stealing money from big corporate businesses.
SOPA / PIPA > Stealing freedom from all of us.

So what is actually worse?

Johrie said,
The way I see it is like this.
Piracy > Stealing money from big corporate businesses.
SOPA / PIPA > Stealing freedom from all of us.

So what is actually worse?

So it's ok to steal from the rich and give to the poor. I get you now.

KingCrimson said,

So it's ok to steal from the rich and give to the poor. I get you now.

That's not what was said. 'which is worse?' doesn't imply either is good.

In any case, the rich get rich by exploiting the poor, they certainly deserve to be taxed more heavily.

I just got word from my Senator letting me know he has not only dropped his co-sponsorship, but also said if the bill in its current form is brought to vote he will oppose it.

Talk about 180.

FYI my Senator is John Boozman.

Yay for flooding the email boxes, and phone lines.

senator Orrin Hatch has also dropped his co sponsorship of the bill and has said he will vote against moving the bill forward as well.

snakes200 said,
senator Orrin Hatch has also dropped his co sponsorship of the bill and has said he will vote against moving the bill forward as well.

Hatch is still alive? sheesh haven't heard his name since he wanted to smash copyright offenders PC's personally with a sledge hammer years ago

Only way to really solve this is vote out those with ideals that support censorship. Piracy is bad, but persecution and censorship in this form is quite horrible.

The rally behind the opposition of PIPA and SOPA have been great. I'd like to see this kind of energy behind voting out a do nothing congress. It sounds hard, but I bet it is possible.

ObiWanToby said,
Only way to really solve this is vote out those with ideals that support censorship. Piracy is bad, but persecution and censorship in this form is quite horrible.

The rally behind the opposition of PIPA and SOPA have been great. I'd like to see this kind of energy behind voting out a do nothing congress. It sounds hard, but I bet it is possible.

Vote them all out. Cut out the corruption from all electable segments by starting fresh, and work to cutting out idiocy out of the courts after that by adding term limits for all Branch positions, including Congress itself.

And for the record, I would much rather have a Do-Nothing Congress than a corrupt, fluff-packed, bill passing machine in its place. Congress is there to pass a Budget and to create necessary Bills and Laws. The idea that a split Congress is going to be a productive one is naive--at best--and it's the way that was intended. The idea is that only the most useful bills will get passed this way, regardless of the President in power (seeing as the authors of the Constitution did not want dominant parties, I have intentionally left them as only an inference).

pickypg said,
Vote them all out. Cut out the corruption from all electable segments by starting fresh, and work to cutting out idiocy out of the courts after that by adding term limits for all Branch positions, including Congress itself.

And for the record, I would much rather have a Do-Nothing Congress than a corrupt, fluff-packed, bill passing machine in its place. Congress is there to pass a Budget and to create necessary Bills and Laws. The idea that a split Congress is going to be a productive one is naive--at best--and it's the way that was intended. The idea is that only the most useful bills will get passed this way, regardless of the President in power (seeing as the authors of the Constitution did not want dominant parties, I have intentionally left them as only an inference).

dont ever forget who backed pipa/sopa even if they retracted. vote them out. these people either didnt have the best interests of the people at heart and instead are favoring corporations, or have very poor judgement and voted on things they didnt fully understand; either way, these people have shown not to be fit to hold public office. VOTE THEM OUT