We keep hearing that we’re nearing a tipping point as we await introduction of the House’s version of the Internet Blacklist Bill — formally the PROTECT IP Act, or PIPA.
THE LEDE: The opposition to Sen. Patrick Leahy’s (D-Vt.) Protect IP or PIPA Act got a lot broader this weekend when the Tea Party Patriots came out against the legislation on Facebook. The conservative umbrella group has almost 850,000 supporters on Facebook and linked to an editorial from Demand Progress executive director David Segal and Don’t Censor the Net executive director Patrick Ruffini on Saturday, arguing the coalition of political opposition from the right and left shows the bill is bad for consumers.
PIPA would give the government broad new powers to block users’ access to sites that are accused of copyright infringement. Dems have taken the lead on the Senate side, but opposition by the Tea Party could be a huge factor on the House side, where we expect the effort to be spearheaded by Republicans Bob Goodlatte (VA) and Lamar Smith (TX).
More than 400,000 Demand Progress members have asked their lawmakers to oppose PIPA.If you’re not one of them yet, you can email your rep and senators by clicking here.