SOPA: Congressman Ben Quayle No Longer a Fan After Internet Goes on Strike

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As you may know, the Internet is "on strike" today. Well, not the entire Internet -- just Wikipedia. Several other big-name, high-traffic websites -- including Google and Craigslist -- have "blacked out" their websites today in protest of a bill currently making its way through Congress that they say would lead to censorship of online content, and could force many of the companies to shut down.

One sponsor of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is Congressman Ben Quayle...er, was Congressman Ben Quayle.    

Quayle is one of several sponsors who bailed on his support of the bill yesterday -- as protests of the legislation spread across the series of tubes that are deceased Senator Ted Stevens' Interwebs.

Quayle spokesman Zach Howell tells New Times the congressman still supports the goal of the bill -- to crack down on foreign websites trafficking things like pirated movies, music, etc. -- but, as it's currently written, could create unintended problems.

"Congressman Quayle strongly believes that something must be done to combat rogue websites that steal American intellectual property," Howell says in an email. "This is a serious matter that costs businesses billions of dollars and destroys American jobs. However, Representative Quayle believes that as the bill currently stands, it could have unintended consequences that need to be addressed before moving forward and these concerns led him to withdraw his name as a co-sponsor."

Additionally, Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry, who also sponsored the bill, yanked his support yesterday, too.

A similar bill that's currently in the Senate lost the support of Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who noted on his Facebook page that he's "heard legitimate concerns about the impact the bill could have on access to the Internet and about a potentially unreasonable expansion of the federal government's power to impact the Internet."

For more info on the bill, just Wikipedia it (it's probably not a coincidence, but Wikipedia's SOPA page has not been blacked out. Check it out here).


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PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

BTW I like how the deadline for SOPA came and went without it passing.

realmenwork
realmenwork

Not a surprise. If this whole politician thingy doesn't work out "ole' don't know how to work for a living" Benny Boy is going to need the internet to write for softcore porn again.

Cubical
Cubical

Quayle is an empty suit..probably never read the bill, just paid by lobbyists to push it....

Anon
Anon

Elites take notice. The power of the people came through today.

NorthAdamsRemembers
NorthAdamsRemembers

Don't forget, gentle Ben and his dad Dan both endorse the sheriff that is so needed in Washington, Paul Babeu. Their little socials must be special.

BleenGloob
BleenGloob

Little Danny, a chip off the ol' potato(e), has never had an "honest" job other than writing for a porn site. Grandpa potato(e) made sure his little spuds would never have to work for real with the proceeds of his Indiana media empire providing plenty of grease for all his crinkle cut fries.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

well doesn't that spell conflict of interest for Thedirty.com, which he has posted on, and I think is a part owner of.

ObviousCompromise
ObviousCompromise

Quayle is so lame!  How did they even elect him after that dirty website scandal?!  What a flake.  Read the legislation before you take a side and then stick with your beliefs.  I hope and pray they redraw the lines and his ass is booted.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Quayle endorsed Stauffer for sheriff. He is Stauffers only endorsement so far.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Damn, Quayle is the new Romney. Wonder what kind of syrup he likes on his waffle?

Anon
Anon


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01..."In Piracy Bill Fight, New Economy Rises Against Old" - NYTimes.com"The House response, SOPA, was drafted by a conservative Republican, Representative Lamar Smith of Texas, with the backing of 30 co-sponsors, from Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, to mainline Republican Peter King of New York. The Senate’s version, written by Mr. Leahy, the Vermont Democrat who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, attracted 40 co-sponsors from across the political spectrum and cleared his committee unanimously.Then the Web rose up. Activists said the legislation would censor the Web, force search engines to play policemen for a law they hate and cripple innovation in one of the most vibrant sectors of the American economy."

BleenGloob
BleenGloob

I've got to stop reading New Times when I'm drunk. See what happens, I wrote Danny instead of Benny. D'oh!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

You may recall you're talking about a person who hadn't bothered to even vote in local and state elections and then ran for U.S. Congress.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

even better would be that he just resign today. In his speech he can say: " I am an absolute moron and I will step down effectively today"

Jason Cox
Jason Cox

You prefer that your representatives won't listen to the views of their voters? 

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