Hey, listen to me and listen good. NEVER FORGET. Never forget the assholes in Washington who wanted to build a Great Wall of America across the Internet. Never forget the proposed Cybersecurity Act of 2009. NEVER EVER WHATEVER YOU DO, don't you dare forget. That's all I ask.
Ding dong, the witch is dead (for now):
After getting panned on the Web, Hollywood’s blockbuster anti-piracy bill imploded like a box-office bomb this week — and Washington realized the Internet’s “series of tubes” now may have more clout than the vaunted motion picture and music industries.
By the time Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called a time of death on the PROTECT IP Act on Friday, it already had been trampled by a stampede of one-time supporters anxious to distance themselves from the political threat of a Web-driven uprising against the bill. Lying alongside it: The House’s Stop Online Piracy Act.
Here is a convenient list of 60 companies that supported SOPA (remember these names, people):
List of Supporters: H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act
60 Plus Association
Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP)
American Bankers Association (ABA)
American Federation of Musicians (AFM)
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
Americans for Tax Reform
Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States
Association of American Publishers (AAP)
Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies
Association of Talent Agents (ATA)
Building and Construction Trades Department
Capitol Records Nashville
Christian Music Trade Association
Church Music Publishers’ Association
Coalition Against Online Video Piracy (CAOVP)
Concerned Women for America (CWA)
Congressional Fire Services Institute
Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB)
Council of State Governments
Country Music Association
Country Music Television
Directors Guild of America (DGA)
Disney Publishing Worldwide, Inc.
EMI Christian Music Group
EMI Music Publishing
Entertainment Software Association (ESA)
Estée Lauder Companies
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
Gospel Music Association
Graphic Artists Guild
Hachette Book Group
HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, Inc.
Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA)
International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE)
International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
International Union of Police Associations
Lost Highway Records
Major County Sheriffs
Major League Baseball
Majority City Chiefs
Marvel Entertainment, LLC
Minor League Baseball (MiLB)
Minority Media & Telecom Council (MMTC)
Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
Moving Picture Technicians
MPA – The Association of Magazine Media
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators
National Association of State Chief Information Officers
National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
National Center for Victims of Crime
National Crime Justice Association
National District Attorneys Association
National Domestic Preparedness Coalition
National Football League
National Governors Association, Economic Development and Commerce Committee
National League of Cities
National Narcotics Offers’ Associations’ Coalition
National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA)
National Songwriters Association
National Troopers Coalition
Penguin Group (USA), Inc.
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
Provident Music Group
Raulet Property Partners
Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
Showdog Universal Music
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Music Nashville
State International Development Organization (SIDO)
The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO)
The Perseus Books Groups
The United States Conference of Mayors
Tiffany & Co.
True Religion Brand Jeans
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
UMG Publishing Group Nashville
United States Chamber of Commerce
United States Olympic Committee
United States Tennis Association
Universal Music Publishing Group
W.W. Norton & Company
Wallace Bajjali Development Partners, L.P.
Warner Music Group
Warner Music Nashville
Wolters Kluewer Health
Of course, the dickheads lobbying to gain control over the Internet at large would rather they weren't called "supporters," and demanded a correction and explanation from the Judiciary Committee. “The listing of the law firms was a mistake made at the staff level of the committee,” the committee said in a statement to POLITICO. “Once we were made aware of the mistake, we immediately removed the list of supporters from the website and revised the document. Our staff has been in contact with several of the firms and made them aware of our efforts to remedy the mistake.”
As of last time I checked, the Judiciary Committee had an updated list of SOPA "supporters" free of these law firms' names. Sorry, my name didn't show up as a supporter, how exactly did these firms end up there if they didn't - in one way or another - support SOPA? Nice work, you Judiciary Committee morons, you revealed the scam!
Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), John Conyers (D-Mich.), Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and Howard Berman (D-Calif.) should ALL be out of a job come November, period.
Especially Lamar Smith, who is a moronic copyright thief in his own right.
Vice tracked down a pre-SOPA view of Smith's website and discovered that the asshole was using a non-credited, STOLEN image lifted from photographer DJ Schulte:
Here's the original (credit, obviously, goes to DJ Schulte, who has licensed his work under a Creative Commons license, so all Lamar's dumbass team had to do was throw the dude a credit - WAS IT THAT FUCKING HARD, LAMAR?):
The cowardly pricks have retreated for now thanks to the overwhelming response by the Internet. Not any one of us or some of us or certain ones of us, just "the Internet." There will be no taking credit (there will be giving it, however, because what assholes like Lamar don't get is that we, as the Internet, do shit like that for each other), there will be no celebrating. It isn't over.
I'm a threat for writing this. You are a threat for reading it. The Internet is a threat for breaking through the bureaucratic bullshit and offering FREE knowledge to every American. Not Sallie Mae loans and failed hood colleges but real knowledge; and the fruit of the Tree of Life has taught us that the (capital G) government has but one goal: self preservation. It is not the Government's job to do anything for you, it is its job to keep you suppressed enough to continue feeding it and stupid enough not to figure out what its real job is.
The Internet is a direct threat to the Government's single mandate. It has nothing to do with copyright violators or even the chickenshit movie companies delusional enough to think movie downloading is eating into its profits when it's really SHITTY ASS MOVIES. It's that we are all a threat for disseminating this information amongst ourselves freely, openly, politely and often, 24 hours a day. No longer are we tethered to the Government-controlled media (remember when CNN used to show news?), and are instead allowed to roam free and share as much information as we like to anyone who wants it. It isn't always correct, a lot of it is opinion and some (OK, a lot) is LOLcats but it is a constant conversation the world is having with itself and that scares the shit out of the Government. Not just ours, everywhere.
I hope we, the Internet, have effectively made our point. We will not stand for it. We know what the Government is trying and we aren't going to sit here quietly and allow them to do it. This is not China, it's the United States of America (in case anyone forgot). I'm sorry a bunch of assholes we pay to represent us in Washington think it's OK to fuck us like this and we're too stupid to notice but we're not going to take it.
Get it yet? They will be back. And we'll be ready.
Here is some recommended reading: Green Czar Resigns, Creepy White House Internet Tactics Still Creepy