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Jon Stewart Explains What's Scary About SOPA: VIDEO


Last night, Jon Stewart was forced to turn to the news after Wikipedia went dark, to explain the dangers of the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA.


The Atlantic reported that it's likely the SOPA/PIPA threat should pass, although lawmakers will continue with similar bills as "the urge to reign in the Internet's free wheel remains." Support for PIPA appears to be collapsing.

However, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) released a statement yesterday that he expects the Committee to continue its markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act in February.

"To enact legislation that protects consumers, businesses and jobs from foreign thieves who steal America's intellectual property, we will continue to bring together industry representatives and Members to find ways to combat online piracy.

“Due to the Republican and Democratic retreats taking place over the next two weeks, markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act is expected to resume in February.

“I am committed to continuing to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to send a bipartisan bill to the White House that saves American jobs and protects intellectual property."

Google said 4.5 million people signed its anti-SOPA petition yesterday.

Watch Stewart's, per usual, entertaining take on the legislation, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. I don't want ANYONE telling me what can or can not say anywhere! Lets hope this does die off!!!

    Posted by: classychazy | Jan 19, 2012 8:09:12 AM

  2. "reign in"? Wha? Really? The Atlantic?

    At least they got "foundering" right.

    Posted by: Latebrosus | Jan 19, 2012 9:24:07 AM

  3. Not many people know what DNS is for or why disrupting it would be terrible for anything we try to do online.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 19, 2012 1:08:58 PM

  4. I already live with something similar to SOPA or PIPA. I clicked to watch the John Stewart link and was given "This Content is Unavailable from your Location". One of the joys of being in Canada.

    Posted by: Stephen | Jan 19, 2012 1:31:30 PM

  5. Little kiwi says Canada is the best place to live! I guess it is if you like censorship.

    Posted by: classychazy | Jan 19, 2012 2:00:05 PM

  6. "saves American jobs"

    Posted by: jim | Jan 19, 2012 5:24:33 PM

  7. I hope America realises once this bill is passed it will have a global effect, I am from England and people are outraged they even decided to take this seriously for a second, it effects the world, and America is just withholding the stereotype that it wants to control and dominate and meddle with stuff that doest concern them, I hope this doesn't pass, because once it has, the world will just hate the country more than ever. Sometimes Americans wonder why the world dislikes them and this would be a good reason, just picture being in a different country looking at America , a place that is nothing to do with them yet is messing with their stuff because they passed a stupid law that apples to the world... people are pissed guys, GET THIS LAW COMPLETELY DESTROYED AND NEVER LET IT SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY AGAIN, not for the sake of the Internet, but for the sake of America's relations with the world

    Posted by: deville | Jan 20, 2012 9:34:31 PM

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