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SOPA Bill DIES! The White House Celebs & Have Some Words About It.....

Earlier today, it was announced that Rep. Lamar Smith has withdrawn SOPA, the highly controversial anti-piracy legislation attempting to be passed in Congress.  Read his statement inside and find out how Swizz Beatz and other celebs play a role in all of this....

It's been a messy week online for a few a few internet companies and a few top notch celebs.  A while back, Universal Music Group got pissy after a few of its artists (Diddy, Kanye West, Will.i.am, Chris Brown, The Game, Alicia Keys) appeared in an online video for "Megaupload" (a file sharing company for which Swizz Beatx is the acting-CEO). 

So what's the problem?  Don't celebs lend their names to upstart companies all the time?  Well....yes.  But this is a file-sharing company and the music industry (not always the celebs themselves) gets pissy about those because "sometimes" folks use them to trade music and movies (for free). Which is also labeled as "piracy."  So the hugely popular file sharing site was totally shut down by the Feds yesterday and also sued for “racketeering conspiracy, conspiring to commit copyright infringement, conspiring to commit money laundering and two substantive counts of criminal copyright infringement.”

Swizz Beatz was surprisingly revealed to be the ACTING CEO (not the owner), but was not named in the suit--only the German, Hong Kong, and other owners/investors were named.

Watch the video here:

Also, check out the Dept. of Justice statement about Megaupload which names all the people arrested and charged with piracy over at DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD Here.

 

Simultaneusly, there was also a bill put forth in both the House (SOPA) and the Senate (PIPA) which targets cracking down on online piracy (which folks claim Megaupload would be used for).  The bill was looked at as a slippery slope into censoring ALL internet and social media, as it would vaguely control (meaning SHUT DOWN) any website that has any dealings (whether directly or indirectly) with any unapproved property uploaded/linked to on the site.  Even if commenters/users were the people uploading.  And even if the artist approved.  The debate crossed political, musical and social media platforms.

And Hollywood was not silent about its views on SOPA.  Several celebs tweeted their opinions:

Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) said,

“Please don't ignore what's happening here. IMPORTANT MOMENT IN HISTORY! #StopSOPA http://t.co/fgPx2zQH”

Omar Epps (@omarepps) said,

 “Dear Wikipedia, Until you legitimize your sources and hold yourself accountable for falsities and misinformation, you really won't be missed at all. Sincerely, Me”

MC Hammer also tweeted his opposition to SOPA, in one instance, a fan asked him

@MCHammer Wouldn’t it be nice if the tech & content industries could work together from scratch to find a solution? #stopSOPA.”

MC Hammer responded, “yes.”

And the White House shot down SOPA as well saying,

" While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.”

After a big messy week with blacked out sites, pissy celebs, Hollywood big wigs still attacking the President despite his stance, the bill ended up dying. 

Rep. Lamar Smith, who was the chief sponsor of SOPA, announced earlier today that he's pulling the bill “until there is wider agreement on a solution.”  He added, “I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy.  It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products.”

He released this statement:

“We need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products. “The problem of online piracy is too big to ignore. American intellectual property industries provide 19 million high-paying jobs and account for more than 60% of U.S. exports. The theft of America’s intellectual property costs the U.S. economy more than $100 billion annually and results in the loss of thousands of American jobs. Congress cannot stand by and do nothing while American innovators and job creators are under attack.”

“The online theft of American intellectual property is no different than the theft of products from a store. It is illegal and the law should be enforced both in the store and online.

“The Committee will continue work with copyright owners, Internet companies, financial institutions to develop proposals that combat online piracy and protect America’s intellectual property. We welcome input from all organizations and individuals who have an honest difference of opinion about how best to address this widespread problem. The Committee remains committed to finding a solution to the problem of online piracy that protects American intellectual property and innovation.”

 

Over in Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) also stopped their bill saying, 

“In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the PROTECT IP Act.”

The internet is a little bit safer from Big Brother...for now. But folks are still watching and the block is hot...

 

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Yaaay!! I helped get this

Yaaay!! I helped get this billed banned, he-he!! I called & wrote my State Rep a long heartfelt letter which in as such, I indicated the reasons as to why they should oppose the bill & I must say, I wrote the letters & it was written akeen to that of a Professional Speech writer, I also wrote & called my *Senator & *Govenor, as well......I dnt see why not?! If You feel you have Valuable viewpoints & ideologies that can possibly add to the *En-Richmant of Our Society, well any Society to be quite frank.... then you guys should alwasy Speak Up, start writing, calling your local State Represenatives & mk noise about the issues that you want to have addressed the Most, what is the concern of the communities, what issues need addressing? Things of that nature
HerHawtness's picture

Yaaay!! I helped get this

Yaaay!! I helped get this billed banned, he-he!! I called & wrote my State Rep a long heartfelt letter which in as such, I indicated the reasons as to why they should oppose the bill & I must say, I wrote the letters & it was written akeen to that of a Professional Speech writer, I also wrote & called my *Senator & *Govenor, as well......I dnt see why not?! If You feel you have Valuable viewpoints & ideologies that can possibly add to the *En-Richmant of Our Society, well any Society to be quite frank.... then you guys should alwasy Speak Up, start writing, calling your local State Represenatives & mk noise about the issues that you want to have addressed the Most, what is the concern of the communities, what issues need addressing? Things of that nature
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wHAT MOST OF YOU UNEDUCATED,

wHAT MOST OF YOU UNEDUCATED, I WANT EVERYTHING FOR FREE DONT REALIZE IS THAT THOUSAND OF PPL ARE LOSING THERE JOBS OVER THIS.. WAS THAT BILL PERFECT AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN PASSED NO..BUT SOMETHING DEFINITELY NEEDS TO BE DONE BECAUSE PPL LIKE ME (WARNER bROS hOME ENT) WONT HAVE JOBS SOON BECUASE YOU IDIOTS THINK YOU SHOULD HAVE SHIT THAT COST MONEY TO MAKE FOR FREE..CAN I COME TO YOUR JOB AND GET FREE SH*T..I'M JUST SAYING
Tay Tay's picture

Well...when movie tickets

Well...when movie tickets decrease from $15-$17 and hollywood stops coming out with overrated 3D movies just to hike ticket prices....then I will stop trying to get movies for free! Its a shame that a family of 3-4 can no longer enjoy the luxury of going out to the movies!! Everyone else has taken a pay cut with this economy...well so should hollywood. #justsaying
Anonymous's picture

Well...when movie tickets

Well...when movie tickets decrease from $15-$17 and hollywood stops coming out with overrated 3D movies just to hike ticket prices....then I will stop trying to get movies for free! Its a shame that a family of 3-4 can no longer enjoy the luxury of going out to the movies!! Everyone else has taken a pay cut with this economy...well so should hollywood. #justsaying
Anonymous's picture

Well...when movie tickets

Well...when movie tickets decrease from $15-$17 and hollywood stops coming out with overrated 3D movies just to hike ticket prices....then I will stop trying to get movies for free! Its a shame that a family of 3-4 can no longer enjoy the luxury of going out to the movies!! Everyone else has taken a pay cut with this economy...well so should hollywood. #justsaying
Anonymous's picture

Why not live in switzerland,

Why not live in switzerland, file sharing is tolerated there.
Anonymous's picture

The bill once again used

The bill once again used CIVIL law for corporations when corporations have NO rights under our constitution to the point that we can pass bills that control their prices, locations, store front size and numbers etc. It also would put anyone convicted of piracy into bankruptcy and the copyright holders would NEVER see a dime after the Federal Government was done stealing all the money the pirates generated illegally off pirated content. People like Omar don't know what the fuck they are talking about. I READ the bill. He's just another idiot obeying the corporations that have made him what he is today at the expense of millions of others who would seek a career in entertainment. WE NEED AN ANTI PIRACY BILL but not one that in the end screws the general public. Any movie, song etc you name that is released commercially means you and I pay for it 5-6 times even if we never watch or listen to it!!! Cable bill, internet bill, rental cost, theater ticket cost, commercials oh and last but not least, MONETIZED SIGNATURE LOANS AND HEDGE FUNDS. Can someone show me how I can sell a guitar and charge the sucker 6 times for it!??!?
JonnyDeath's picture

Under the FAIR USAGE clause

Under the FAIR USAGE clause in the copyright act, it's ONLY piracy when you generate MONEY. And I DO oppose these sites and hosts making money off of our work! But the optional source to television so I am not forced to tolerate pieces of SHIT like Lady Gaga, Just Bieber and commercials where assholes like Edward Norton try to sell me cars?! I have rights, the cable companies do not. How bout you pull the 50 stations I do not watch then rather than lower my cable bill, feel free to just pull the COMMERCIALS too and we'll call it even........
JonnyDeath's picture

WTF is Omar Epps talking

WTF is Omar Epps talking about? I DEf missed Wikipedia when it went offline for one day!
Anonymous's picture

If this bill passes we're

If this bill passes we're doomed...the way I see it no one will benefit from this legislation except the government who will collect fines from people who inadvertently upload content that's against the policy. No one will want to use the Internet because if this which will cause decreased traffic which equals revenue for many websites
Anonymous's picture

If this bill passes we're

If this bill passes we're doomed...the way I see it no one will benefit from this legislation except the government who will collect fines from people who inadvertently upload content that's against the policy. No one will want to use the Internet because if this which will cause decreased traffic which equals revenue for many websites
Anonymous's picture

This it totally ridiculous.

This it totally ridiculous. I'm telling you anything to squeeze the life, money, everything out of the American people.... People everywhere for that matter. And this is only the beginning, there may be backlash against this, but the govt. Aaallwayyss has something brewing... Always
Britty's picture

This bill is

This bill is scary!!........... I don't think I could live in country where the internet is censored!!!! I'm movin. Hell...sometimes I'm amazed the amount of trash thats available on the net but to have the gov't decide for me?..... I can't..... Y'all better start downloading your fave youtube videos now cause judging by history ...sigh....... just be prepared!!
Anonymous's picture

Going to miss MegaVideo in

Going to miss MegaVideo in particular ;-( But that avdert for MegaUpload was the most annoying ish I've seen! I say get rid!
Yas's picture

The Stop Online Piracy Act

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was a U.S. House bill to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods. Proposals include barring advertising networks and payment facilities from conducting business with allegedly infringing websites, barring search engines from linking to the sites, and requiring Internet service providers (ISP) to block access to the sites. The bill would also criminalize the streaming of such content, with a maximum penalty of five years in prison. User-content websites such as YouTube would be greatly affected, and concern has been expressed that they may be shut down if the bill becomes law. Opponents state the legislation would enable law enforcement to remove an entire internet domain due to something posted on a single blog, arguing that an entire online community could be punished for the actions of a tiny minority. In a 1998 law, copyright owners are required to request the site to remove the infringing material within a certain amount of time. SOPA would bypass this "safe harbor" provision by placing the responsibility for detecting and policing infringement onto the site itself. *Basically, any website that has "unauthorized" intellectual property (music, books, inventions, etc) it will be shut down and any other sites that work with them (i.e. advertisers) be penalized as well. This includes Youtube, Facebook (i.e. any posts that include quotes from books, or uploaded music, movie clips/videos etc.). If, for example, the owners and users of Youtube and Facebook don't "manage" their sites to make sure all "unauthorized" intellectual property remain off the site, all parties will be fined and even forced to do jail time. My biggest problem with this is censorship. It is interesting that you can go to a library and check out books that you do not "own" and have not "purchased" but you get to benefit from the knowledge within them. BUT, the government owns the library. So, they control what is in them. And, they have a record of what you are reading. So, because they control it, libraries are okay for "them." With the internet they cannot control it or the content. That is the issue. It is less about protecting intellectual propery owners (because then libraries would not exist) and more about the fact that they cannot control what we see/hear/KNOW. I hope everyone is paying attention to what is happening. The FIRST amendment is at stake. This is the movie Enemy of the State times 100.
Anonymous's picture

Finally I got a bit of

Finally I got a bit of insight what SOPA is about it. Thank you for the post,I am in Europe so this didn't make it so much in the news. I totally agree with you!
Anonymous me's picture

Finally I got a bit of

Finally I got a bit of insight what SOPA is about it. Thank you for the post,I am in Europe so this didn't make it so much in the news. I totally agree with you!
Anonymous me's picture

Finally I got a bit of

Finally I got a bit of insight what SOPA is about it. Thank you for the post,I am in Europe so this didn't make it so much in the news. I totally agree with you!
Anonymous me's picture

and u my friend is why teh

and u my friend is why teh law should be valid. i know for a fact u did not type that. copy and paste without giving ownership is plagerism at its finest.
Anonymous's picture

The top portion was obviously

The top portion was obviously from a source, which is why there is an "*" next to the remainder of the post. Another point to be made here is that it is "the" not "teh" and furthermore, the issue in the bill is not plagiarism. It is about intellectual property that "costs." The top portion of that blog post came from Wikipedia/CNET because someone asked what is SOPA. And, for you to say the law should be valid due to plagiarism is ignorant and I am promise you that if this bill comes back on the table and it passes you will be in violation. So, let's play a game. I challenge you to make it through a day without violating IP laws. SOPA turns everything into intellectual property. This includes your photos that you uploaded on Facebook that have people drinking COCA-COLA, wearing SEAN JOHN shirts. Yes, you would be responsible and held in violation for uploading that without removing those things because you do not own those logos!!!! You would also be in violation is you upload on Facebook a video of you and your friends at an event and there is a SONG playing in the background that you did not write, create or produce!!!!! In these examples, I am sure you meant no harm but you would still be BREAKING THE LAW! That is why this bill sucks. Plagiarism is far from the issue. Dummy.
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Anonymous's picture

It doesn't matter. The

It doesn't matter. The Supreme Court just opened the door to the same thing today based on their decision.
Anonymous's picture

It doesn't matter. The

It doesn't matter. The Supreme Court just opened the door to the same thing today based on their decision.
Anonymous's picture

Can someone please explain

Can someone please explain this to me a little better please
anonymous's picture

The Stop Online Piracy Act

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was a U.S. House bill to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods. Proposals include barring advertising networks and payment facilities from conducting business with allegedly infringing websites, barring search engines from linking to the sites, and requiring Internet service providers (ISP) to block access to the sites. The bill would also criminalize the streaming of such content, with a maximum penalty of five years in prison. User-content websites such as YouTube would be greatly affected, and concern has been expressed that they may be shut down if the bill becomes law. Opponents state the legislation would enable law enforcement to remove an entire internet domain due to something posted on a single blog, arguing that an entire online community could be punished for the actions of a tiny minority. In a 1998 law, copyright owners are required to request the site to remove the infringing material within a certain amount of time. SOPA would bypass this "safe harbor" provision by placing the responsibility for detecting and policing infringement onto the site itself. *Basically, any website that has "unauthorized" intellectual property (music, books, inventions, etc) it will be shut down and any other sites that work with them (i.e. advertisers) be penalized as well. This includes Youtube, Facebook (i.e. any posts that include things from books, music videos, songs, etc.). My biggest problem with this is censorship. It is interesting that you can go to a library and check out books that you do not "own" and have not "purchased" but you get to benefit from the knowledge within them. BUT, the government owns the library. So, they control what is in them. And, they have a record of what you are reading. So, because they control it, libraries are okay for "them." With the internet they cannot control it or the content. That is the issue. It is less about protecting intellectual propery owners (because then libraries would not exist) and more about the fact that they cannot control what we see/hear/KNOW. I hope everyone is paying attention to what is happening. The FIRST amendment is at stake. This is the movie Enemy of the State times 100.
Anonymous's picture

Can someone please explain

Can someone please explain this to me so I can understand a little clearer I think I have to gist but still a little confused..Thanks :)
anonymous 's picture

Thank God! Hope they don't

Thank God! Hope they don't try to back door this thing onto another bill.
Anonymous's picture

If only niggas was this

If only niggas was this passionate about creating JOBS and stopping all this damn senseless violence WE'LL BE IIGHT MAN!!! Come on im glad people are speaking out against this shit though!
LetsGetIt's picture

What about PIPA?

What about PIPA?
max's picture

Read the whole thing before

Read the whole thing before asking questions...
Anonymous's picture

Actually I did read the whole

Actually I did read the whole thing. It made no reference to the final outcome of PIPA. Why don't you try following your own advice before commenting, Fucking Idiot.
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