Stop SOPA and PIPA: “When in doubt, leave it out” – UPDATED

Original Post:

Many major websites like Wikipedia, reddit, Mozilla, and others are going dark today in an effort to raise awareness of SOPA and PIPA, two bills that aim to increase regulation of the internet. Glenn asked the GlennBeck.com staff this morning to post this note voicing our own concerns about the bill and asking our audience to join us in standing up against these bills, which will regulate one of the last places where people are still free to create without government interference – the internet. While we strongly believe in Intellectual Property (Mercury is a company built around our own intellectual property and that of our partners), we don’t feel that this legislation is the right solution to fighting the problem of online piracy. With so many voicing their concerns over the bill and its questionable content, we felt that the old saying “when in doubt, leave it out” should be applied to SOPA and PIPA.

Glenn, as he does with any bill expanding government power and increasing regulation, will be applying a critical eye to this proposed legislation on radio and GBTV tonight.

We encourage to reach out to your local officials in regards to this bill. Wikipedia has set up a special page on their website in order to easily find ways to contact elected leaders in your area HERE.

UPDATE:

SOPA was the top story on Glenn’s mind this morning and started the show off by calling for listeners to speak out to elected officials against this legislation.

“What are we doing with the Internet? Tonight we’re going to go into this in great detail on GBTV, but I want to tell you that there’s something wrong here and when in doubt, leave it out. There doesn’t seem to be anybody for this Internet piracy thing, and if you go to Wikipedia today, they have gone dark today in protest of this. I think everybody is against it. Google is against it. We’re against it,” Glenn said.

“It’s also about the freest market that we have in existence,” Stu said.

“Look, intellectual property is important. Copyright laws are important,” Glenn said. “The reason why America changed the world is because of our trademark and copyright laws. When we said we can copyright, patent and trademark things, that’s when the average individual got rich. Before, before the United States did this, if you invented something, a rich guy who had all the money could just take that idea and just start making it and then you’d be out.”

Despite the importance of intellectual property, Glenn cautioned that he didn’t feel like Washington needed more power, especially to police the internet.

“When in doubt, leave it out. When you have a group of people like we do in Washington that you don’t trust, I’m going to say let’s not give them any more power. Let’s not give them any more jurisdiction.”

“I would urge you to call your congressman, your senator, call anybody you can. Reach out to all of your friends. Hands off the Internet. Hands off the Internet. I’m telling you, this is a back door ‑‑ I don’t know what it is, but remember when I said they’re building structure, they’re building structure, you can’t let these things pass,” he added.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    While I’m against SOPA and PIPA, Glenn, once again, misrepresented the cause of the legislation trying giving the impression that this Administration wants to control the internet.  The legislation was created by CAPITALISTS wanting to control the internet, not government. In fact, Obama announced his opposition to SOPA. 

  • temp temp

    I think your misguided there buddy – who do you think many of the site owners are which are in such opposition? They are CAPITALISTS.

  • landofaahs

    Glenn you say we can’t have liberty because we don’t have morals.  Whose morals?  Was it Thomas Jefferson who said “If it neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg, what is it to me”?  Was Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington  moral in their practice of slavery?  Was Thomas Jefferson moral when he had premarital sex with a slave and impregnated her?
    Whose morality will we follow Glenn?  Will we be able to have more than one wife?  People can misuse alcohol,raw milk, eating too much or whatever.  Frankly, you are an enemy to freedom, but I believe you can spew anything out of your pie hole you want.  But Please don’t tell me what liberty I can have like all the progressives you bitch about constantly.
    I can’t wait to hear from the brain dead, Beckbots from the Becho chamber.  

  • landofaahs

    Good morals Glenn, shoot people who come to you for food when everything collapses.  Wow, that’s what Jesus would do huh.

  • landofaahs

    Frankly, nothing is said that has not been said before.  Solomon said there is nothing new under the sun.  Gee, I hope that is not copyright infringement. 

  • Anonymous

    please don’t consider the people, but rather the morals you are questioning.  People aspire to high morals and sometimes fail.  A persons failure to meet the high moral is not a failure of the moral.

  • landofaahs

    I don’t, but neither do I deny liberty to others who are not able to “measure up”. There is none that is righteous and does good, no not one.

  • Anonymous

    Wrong.  Media content COMPANIES caused the legislation to be created.  Of course, any business or individual that has a site where users could post infringing content or links to infringing content are concerned about liability and having their sites shut down.  The point is that the legislation is not some government idea as GB implies.  It started from capitalist concerns of intellectual property rights.  On a personal level, I oppose limiting freedom on the internet, as does Obama, despite the evil that is perpetrated by hackers, scam artists and infringers.  The value of freedom is far greater than the bad.

  • landofaahs

    So if say obama is an ahole, that is copyright and nobody else can use it without paying me?  Sign me up and pay up. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MTLDAEKVYXSLBB5SKEGUCO2BKE Chivo

    If you are for small government, your friend is Ron Paul.

  • Anonymous

    The copyright thing is a lie anyway. The same people whining over online piracy (which won’t be stopped by SOPA nor by PIPA, that much is certain) are the same who whined that the VHS cassette will kill the movie industry. The ones whining are following outdated business models, now they’re getting steamrolled by upstarts and as reaction they try to shut them down.

    http://www.facebook.com/cynicalbrit/posts/10150472748921053

  • Anonymous

    The problem with Obama’s opposition is that his record isn’t really impressive. He has stood against things and then signed them anyway.

    Also, SOPA will hit capitalists. Simple as that. And if SOPA passes other governments will follow. In the Netherlands courts have already ordered ISPs to block pirating sites. It will not stop at that. They will eventually order to block sites that distribute content our so called leaders don’t like. It’s already being talked about in Germany, where some politicians want to outright restrict the access to the net in order to “fight crime” and “protect the children”.

    The politicians jump at this opportunity with glee. Why? Because the net also endangers their bid for power. And they don’t understand what it is anyway, as the discussions on the Hill have clearly proven.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    I will not be shocked in the least if these things pass. For Obama and too many of the DC crowd demand more and more control across the board, and when people stand up to them; they seek to do so behind closed doors.

    Expect that the matter to be done by executive fiat of Obama if it fails in the Congress. His window for change is rapidly closing, so we need to be ready for the chaos to come.

  • Anonymous

    You’ll have to be more creative than that to get a copyright.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Koloff/100001645292862 Kevin Koloff

    Whos little “gem” of an idea was this proposed law anyway?

  • Anonymous

    The only problem with Obama’s opposition to SOPA is that it will probably cause republicans to support SOPA from an involuntary reaction to do the opposite of Obama.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Koloff/100001645292862 Kevin Koloff

    Yea cause 200 million other Americans are in that copyright line.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWJN3GSUYPSCE7CW7YTESXCB4E Caleb

    Just did my research.  In the senate, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy.  In the House, Texas Representative Lamar Smith.  Leahy is a Democrat.  Smith, Republican.

  • Anonymous

    Obama has stated his opposition to the bill.

  • Ryan Frederick

    great more of are freedom going down the tube.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joseph-Maloney/100002346762606 Joseph Maloney

    Just like the NDAA that Congress passed. Are they going  to do the same with SOPA, and PIPA.  Boehner’s 60 day XL Pipelne provision was a sham!  Senator DeMint has sold out. Crony Progressive Washington politics is alive and well. The Republic is dying. Obama’s “transformation” is proceeding with a compliant Congress and MSM.

  • mdkrause

    I heard over a year ago how Washington was trying to figure out how to charge people per e-mail. Like the post office, no idea how that would work. 

  • Kathy Collins

    I wrote to my congessmen today from Arizona and everyone should if they value the freedoms we have.  Obama must not be allowed to continue these socialists ideas.  Kathy from Phoenix

  • http://www.speakthewordnow.com Karen Rose

    This is one of the reasons why we must elect RON PAUL

  • Anonymous

    GLENN NEEDS TO LEARN THE CONSTITUTION  ————-  THAT WASNT NICE OF YOU GLENN WITH THE RON PAUL CALL    —  YOU ARE NOT TRUTHFUL  -  WHEN YOU SHOW ONE SIDEDNESS——–  BAD GLENN  –  BAD   –  BAD   —  BAD GLENN  —  LEARN THE CONSTITUTION –   GLENN BECK  –  AND START BEING HONEST.

  • Anonymous

    So landofaahs your saying we should have the morals of say Karl Marx? You know the guy that influenced people like Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky, Mao, Tito and I could go on, but why wip a dead horse. Are these the kind of morals your looking for?

  • Ryan Frederick

    everyone i found a petition that we can sign to put a stop to this burning of the constitution act or SOPA please everone sign and lets stop this evil. https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

  • Jordon McKee

    You’re so full of crap it’s comical.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty soon we are going to be like China and other extremist countries in having our freedom followed and sensored.  There are some scam artists who do create problems for innocent  people through their hacking skills and these should be prosecuted, just like the scams on wall street. But that’s another subject.

  • Anonymous

    Intellectual property, copyright infringement and patent protection are smoke screens for the government to take over the Internet. It is a direct assault on “Freedom of the Press”, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.
    This is the same tactic used for the Patriot Act (fight terrorists).
    Same for the NDAA (fight terrorism).
    Same for “Fast and Furious” (gun control)
    Same for the DREAM act (illegal immigration)
    Laws concerning copyrights, terrorists, gun control and immigration already exist.
    The Obama regime just doesn’t want to enforce these laws or the Constitution.
    Socialist Muslims are like that.

    ABO ’12

  • Anonymous

    If Paul doesn’t win the nomination please vote for whoever it does. I’ve heard some suppoters of Paul say they won’t vote for anyone else. You don’t vote for the Republican then you are voting for Obama! We can’t take another 4 years of him.

  • Anonymous

    Communists hate the internet- and texting
    thats why they want to control everythign and be able to shut it down- its quick communication if things go south. 

    Copywrite and trademarks are a diversion- we already have laws and courts for this.

    Not to mention, what news media does not want thier story out there- again a total diversion.

    Remeber, when the govt said they are hear to help- run like heck the other way!

  • Michael Huffman

    Obama didn’t come up with the bill (SOPA specifically) – it was written by a republican.

  • Michael Huffman

    This idea has been going back and forth since the early days of Usenet (precursor to “the internet”) and probably wont go away anytime soon.

  • Anonymous

    Friend of mine sent this link to explain. View this and act accordingly. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3cKvBVa0qA  Cheers!

  • Britany Odom

    This is more than just getting websites taken down. You know what happens when you give a mouse a cookie? Only now he’s going to take it by force. If they get away with this, then they’ll just start censoring more stuff, a few years and you can’t type God or “gay” (negatively) without it being a hate crime, and when people get used to that then they take it further.
    Not to mention the news and politicians having no accountability or reason to tell the truth,  because the language of the law allows information to be taken down with no one but the poster knowing.

  • Anonymous

    Now that book stores are closing all over the place and everything is going digital, it seems like an easy move for the government to control information. What a great future we have in front of us !! Keep on voting progressive people. Keeeeep on voting progressive.

  • Britany Odom

    Oh no, it is. Luckily, I don’t think that God cares if you quote Him without paying for the right to do so, and He trumps law. Still, it’s worrying to think that, if they can get away with this, how much more they can get away with later.

    They’re blatantly going against the constitution; it’s as if it doesn’t even hold a pretense of validity anymore. Soon, it won’t.

  • Anonymous

    This is outrageous!   What are these companies getting from this administration to keep quiet about this?    Why wouldn’t the business community in this country not revolt and rise up against this travesty?

  • Anonymous

    and let us not forget Obama.

  • Anonymous

    You are joking, right?    Since when can we depend on the wolf not to raid the chicken koop?    Obama speaks and you stand at attention?   Give me a break-the man is a total lie-he and his minion are lying thugs.

  • Anonymous

    Trust me, not all you see is what is and all we are told is truth.  Smoke and mirrors.

  • Anonymous

    This really is the path to serfdom.    They in Washington need their feathers clipped and soon.

  • Anonymous

    Ryan, google is one of the companies affected by these bills.  It’s completely black.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Simonsen-Jr/726620357 Richard Simonsen Jr.

    I have known about SOPA for about a month now as That Guy With Glasses web site been fighting the bill.  They review movies, comic books, video games, etc but are worried that the bill would be used to shut down sites likes there for even copyright stuff.  That would be in depsite the already stuff on reviewers okay. They even went to DC to meet with there reps. Anime News Network mention how a legal music site news was taken down for a year without reason for it.  A year before Ice said they could have it again and never a reason given to why it was taken in first place.  Don’t think that won’t happen it has and DOJ or anyone will do it again if this passes.

  • Ryan Frederick

    maybe but i feel like we can’t trust our freeless leader with any power over the internet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Irina-Krasnyuk/745534442 Irina Krasnyuk

    How to multiplu your wealth?- Hide it in a shoeboss and think of it in multiple terms.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jw-Appling/100001282155183 J.w. Appling

     The letter in front of the name is just a ruse its progressive or non progressive that matters the republican party dogs are cut from the same progressive cloth as the Dems. The game is rigged and the only way for us to win is not to play their game and do your own research on the candidates. They play both sides (the two parties) Against the middle (Us).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jw-Appling/100001282155183 J.w. Appling

     It’s Fahrenheit 451 better memorize you books before the firemen burn your house down.

  • landofaahs

    No. I am saying we each should have liberty to do as we see fit, accountable to God in the end, as long as it does not, picks my pocket or harms my being. Your rights end where my nose begins. What is so hard to understand about that? I’m just making the comment that Glenn is no moral giant, though he would deceive himself to think so. He is so arrogant that he sees himself moral enough for liberty, but others, not so much. Listen to his words.

  • landofaahs

    How so? What is false about my statement?

  • Anonymous

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203471004577142893718069820.htmlRead this Wall Street Journal ArticleHow to slow down intellectual property theft in the digital era.

  • landofaahs

    The far right and the far left are really the same. Each wants to rob the people of liberty. They are not willing to allow others freedom to do what each determines they don’t like. We have a president wantiong another 1.5 trillion in debt. We have beheadings happening in the U.S by drug cartels backed by Iran. We have a president who was shipping guns south in order to blame it on the gun dealers in order to curtail our right to be armed to protect ourselves. And here we are discussing whether people like Glenn are going to get every dime out of their copyrights. Screwed up priorities if you ask me.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EACJA52WHGJM7CD3V7X3JDPEY4 Jeff

    Please educate yourself before voicing your misinformed opinions.  If you knew anything about the issue, you would see that Obama is against this piece of legislation which was written by Republican Lamar Smith of Texas.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t exactly know how this regulation reads, but if it’s more gov’t interference, I say: Butt out!

    Look at all the restrictions and regulations involving health care passed by Congress—and it

    isn’t even fully implemented! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maryanne-Greenberg/100002136565995 Maryanne Greenberg

    Must stop this now.  if they get another piece of legislation through, everything you write on a blog will or can be deemed as a problem for the government.  We have free speech in terms of what we say, and who we say or write about. We can criticize government as Americans.  Who will deem what we say or write as a problem, the government.  Have you all been awake for the last 3 years….. enough is enough.  this thing can’t pass.

  • Anonymous

    In the context of Internet-neutrality, what is your metaphorical chicken coop? Are you trying to say that by opposing SOPA, Obama is really somehow trying to gain control over the internet? Please explain your logic.

    And how is it that observing that the Executive Branch defends internet freedom is “standing at attention”? You’re comments are confusing.

  • Anonymous

    When you like the idea of socialism, what better way to accomplish it by controlling our last means of communication?
    Obama against those bills?  I think not.

    I can see why some here would tout, you for instance, Obamas stance.   Obama’s reelction is very important to some.  Rest assured though, not all would agree with you.

  • Anonymous

    Pres. Obama and his administration have condemned China, Egypt, and Syria for censoring the internet to prevent their citizens from telling the truth about what is happening in their countries. 
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Syria’s President Assad in June 2011 ““States should not arbitrarily deprive or
    disrupt individuals’ access to the Internet or other networked technologies”.
    In Jan 2011, Pres. Obama said of Egypt’s internet censorship: “”There are certain core values that we
    believe as Americans are universal: freedom of speech, freedom of expression,
    people being able to use social networking and other mechanisms to communicate
    their concerns; and that is no less true in the Arab world than it is in the
    United States”.
    And in November 2009 in Bejing, Pres. Obama told Chinese students: “I
    think that the more freely information flows, the stronger the society becomes,
    because then citizens of countries around the world can hold their own
    governments accountable,” Obama told students during his first-ever trip to
    China. “They can begin to think for themselves.”
    Now, this administration wants to enact the same measures of censorship here in the United States! Why this hypocrisy? Why is the US government afraid of it’s own citizens?

      

  • Anonymous

    The mainstream media has already become a mouthpiece for the government, only telling you the propaganda which is spun to their liking. If they also have censorship controls on the internet, or the “kill switch”,  how will Americans ever know the real truth?

  • http://www.facebook.com/mericus.faartist Mericus FAartist

    is Lamarr also to blame for fast and furious? the actions was designed to destroy the second amendment. The goal is to destroy the constitution, so that KING Obama can rule in complete tyranny over all of the America and eventually the world, are you really that BLIND?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jw-Appling/100001282155183 J.w. Appling

     He’s also a Rino.

  • Anonymous

    THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD JUST WORRY ABOUT OUR ECONOMY AND JOBS.THEY JUST WANT TO CONTROL OUR LIVES, WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO STOP CONTROL US.

  • Anonymous

    The facts are the facts. Obama opposes SOPA, even though it’s his beloved Hollywood that wants it. Today Harry Reid dealt a blow to the legislation by shelving it. Yea, that’s socialism.

  • Anonymous

    So he’s not moral enough for you to listen to, then don’t. That is the liberty and freedom you possess. What’s so hard to understand about that? Are you moral enough for liberty? I think your mistaking conviction in ones beliefs for arrogance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JosephKemper Joseph Kemper

    A locked door only keeps an honest
    person honest. If you build a better lock they will build a better
    thief. If they put more regulations on the Internet the only thing
    that will happen is that those who are honest will have less freedom,
    and those who they are trying to stop will continue to do the very
    things that they are already doing.