The blackout of more than 100 websites Wednesday has taken its toll on Capitol Hill as supporters, such as Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, both withdrew their support from PIPA. Cornyn wrote on his Facebook page, “better to get this done right rather than fast and wrong.”
According to Politico, Rep. Ben Quayle, R-Ariz., who originally co-sponsored SOPA, withdrew his name from the list of sponsors. Also Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., withdrew his support from SOPA.
The fact that this blackout has swayed the minds of some Congressmen speaks volumes to the power of the people, and of the Internet.
Now, I don’t think Congress is ready to totally throw out PIPA and SOPA (what a victory that would be if they did), but I do believe Congress might be more willing to review and edit the current bills to become more narrowly tailored in such a way that will not curb free speech and will not have a chilling effect on the web’s users.
The Internet is a special place where people are able to speak freely and become innovators, and these qualities are non-negotiable.