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Big news, folks! Because of immense public pressure, the House Judiciary Committee cancelled their vote on the bill that would kill Internet innovation and free speech -- and adjourned for the rest of the year!

Over the last 36 hours, over 97,000 people signed a petition against this bill launched by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and reddit, and thousands more called their representatives. The Internet fought back to protect the Internet -- and we won big, for now.

We now need to assemble our Internet army for next year, when this bill will come up again. Can you help us reach 100,000 signers on the petition?

Click here to join the incredible momentum!

(If you've already signed, click here to spread the VICTORY! news and share the grassroots petition on Facebook.)

Our petition got a ton of attention in Washington, DC. Here's what some leading news outlets reported yesterday:

Washington Post:

"The Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Reddit have been pushing a campaign arguing that SOPA, as written, would harm future innovation."

Roll Call:
"A flurry of liberal and conservative groups issued last-minute pleas in the hours before the House Judiciary Committee prepared to vote on its latest version of a controversial intellectual property bill, known as the Stop Online Piracy Act.

'Join @reddit and PCCC (@BoldProgressive) in saving the Internet!' the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a liberal advocacy group, tweeted urging followers to sign an online petition opposing the bill. The missive was paired with a letter signed by the founders of Twitter, YouTube and other tech giants."

But the fight is far from over -- big corporations are still pushing hard for this bill. We won the battle with today's delay, but we still have to win the war against Internet censorship.

Click here to help us save the internet next year, when this bill comes up again!

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  •  Front-page this diary! (7+ / 0-)

    Diarist, I'd suggest a title edit to "Victory!  SOPA stopped!"

    That'll get more attention.  Hundreds of people here are watching this issue really closely and they might miss it otherwise.

    "Minus one vote for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 02:34:04 PM PST

  •  Yeeeee-hawwww! We won a big one! (0+ / 0-)

    Now for all the folks who think we need to rassle up a militia and go guerrilla in order to get any change:  we just won this one with nothing more than petition signatures, and phone calls & emails to Congress.

    And for all the folks who run around meeping and moaning that all is lost and hopeless, and we can't get anything done: we just won this one with nothing more than petition signatures, and phone calls & emails to Congress.

    And for all the folks who spend their days howling and yowling that Obama is a Big Bad Wolf or whatever:  we just won this one with nothing more than petition signatures, and phone calls & emails to Congress.

    So keep those petitions coming, and those phone calls & emails going, because sometimes when we bug them enough, we get results.  

    "Minus one vote for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 02:37:37 PM PST

  •  They rescheduled hearings for (11+ / 0-)

    Wednesday, apparently.

    It hasn't been stopped.

    Follow me on Twitter @PeterFlom

    by plf515 on Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 02:38:34 PM PST

  •  Not stopped; DELAYED (4+ / 0-)

    The MPAA is still trying to ram this down our throats.

    Markup resumes Wednesday.

    We need to keep on ramping up the pressure.

    Tell Congress: DON'T BREAK THE INTERNET!

    by Brown Thrasher on Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 04:09:56 PM PST

  •  A reprieve not a complete victory (2+ / 0-)
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    Brown Thrasher, blueoasis

    This same rotten bunk will try again next year.

    Gasoline made from the tar sands gives a Toyota Prius the same impact on climate as a Hummer using gasoline made from oil. ~ Al Gore

    by Lefty Coaster on Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 04:21:05 PM PST

  •  A letter to me from my useless Senator (3+ / 0-)
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    peptabysmal, ferment, blueoasis

    Dated today:

    Dear Mr. __:

         Thank you for contacting me regarding the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property (PROTECT IP) Act of 2011.  Introduced by Senator Leahy, this bill passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 26, 2011.  

         The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on November 16, 2011 on a companion bill, H.R. 3261, Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). That bill is being considered in the House Judiciary Committee.

         Although these bills have different provisions, they both are designed to give law enforcement and intellectual property owners the tools they need to stop counterfeit goods from being sold on foreign websites.  Counterfeit goods cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars in lost sales and thousands of jobs.  

         I have heard concerns about how these bills could have the unintended effect of punishing law-abiding websites and Internet retailers.  I will work with my Senate and House colleagues to make sure that any final legislation is narrowly tailored to stop online piracy while preserving the ability of small Internet firms to compete and innovate on the Internet.  

         I will keep your thoughts in mind as these bills advance in Congress.  Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future.

                                       Bill Nelson

    He absolutely can not be counted on to ever do the right thing.  I know from experience and from being lied to.  "Narrowly tailored...," Right.  Like FISA spying on Americans that he promised over and over he would make sure it was right before he OK'd it.  It wasn't and he voted yea anyway.  A corporate-owned US Senator, with all the worst instincts.

    Anyway, got that off my chest. I continue to call and write.

    Sunday mornings are more beautiful without Meet the Press.

    by deben on Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 05:17:14 PM PST

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