I wish I could properly explain how the US Congress works to The Escapist community. How many of you actually know what markup is? I can tell you that markup is NOT where proponents of this bill want it to go. I can tell you that its chances of revival in this congressional term are slim and that this is a huge setback.
But you won't believe me.
Because the internet is for OMG!, not intelligent conversation.
As someone who works in legislative law, SOPA and PIPA (by proxy) are dead. Of course, anything can rear its head again, but for now it is over. Good job. You people made my work SOOOOOOOOO much easier.
No problem. If you ever want us to ***** and throw a temper tantrum again, just say the word. That's what the internet is for, and by golly, we'll keep it free to be that way!
Seriously though, that foreign thieves argument is such a poor one. I've just spent the last month trying to get EA to sell me a copy of the Old Republic here in Vietnam, even right down to pleading to them for someone to give money to. They flat refuse to sell it outside of their original market zones. I had to get someone back in the UK to send me some codes.
So seriously... you if you want dirty foreigners to stop 'thieving' your IP, and taking away jobs from honest hard working Americans, actually sell the damn things over here. You know what, you just might create more jobs.