Although it does at this point seem like the greater part of the bill is going to die, I can’t help thinking that a watered down, narrower version might end up being worse.
Assuming this does turn out to be a victory for opponents, rather than simply an “advance to the rear” (slang for a tactical retreat) for SOPA, I feel like one more dig at the bill is warranted.
The penalty for illegally uploading Michael Jackson’s music would be up to 5 years in prison.
The penalty for killing Michael Jackson is apparently 4 years in prison.
I saw that in various forms in about 100 places, so I’m not giving anyone credit, but it is good and snarky. Although I know it’s not really an attack on the portions of the bill that could have crippled the internet.
Last thing, I am happy it seems to have died, but I still wonder whether in the long term the ideas and tactics present in the bill will pop up again. We may have been better off having the bill enacted, and challenged in court. The risk there is the courts could find it constitutional, but if found unconstitutional, that is the real death blow I’d like to have. Similar to Obamacare, these things get defeated in the legislative branch, over and over, until one day someone pulls it out of the file cabinet tweaks it a bit and gets it through. Than we all get the shaft but at least the showdown looms.