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For once Congress listened
January 24, 2012 - Jim Smith
Thousands of Internet-users spoke and for once Congress listened.
It would appear SOPA and PIPA, the so-called anti-privacy acts introduced in Congress, are DOA.
SOPA and PIPA would censor the Web with the federal government having the ability to block sites it deems inappropriate or infringement on copyright law. Search engines could be forced to eliminate websites from their sites
Maybe the worst part of SOPA and PIPA is they wouldn't stop piracy and wouldn't stop pirate sites, but would only hurt legitimate Internet users and threaten legitimate sources of information.
Internet-users made their feelings known and Congress responded with most of the sponsors of the bill seeing the keystrokes on the emails and dropping their sponsorship.
Theft of intellectual property is a serious problem, but it needs to be addressed in a realistic way, not merely by a nonsensical slash and burn bill that accomplishes nothing but feel-good legislation.
Citizens do have a powerful voice, and when they make it heard Congress does some times get the point, especially in an election year.
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