There seems to be a common misconception going around right now. Specifically that the SOPA bill is now “dead” and “over” and “GONE FOR GOOD” just because the "WE THE PEOPLE" petition has successfully passed it's goal.
Guys, a petition is NEVER a surefire way to victory. Don’t get me
wrong, I’m pleased to see the massive reaction, but just because we got
enough signatures doesn’t mean the powers that be won’t still sign off on it.
Petitions can be ignored as easily as they can start, hell, petitions are in no way official. Just because they get filled out does NOT mean a bill won't pass.
SOPA wasn’t stopped last time because of ONE petition, there were
several passionate responses with thousands of voices saying “NO!” It takes more than one piece of paper to kill an oppressive rule. All
of the major internet websites practically shut down in protest of it, which I believe was the major reason Washington got the message.
Don’t stop informing and protesting just because one has reached it’s
goal, and MOST IMPORTANTLY don’t spread messages like “WE BEAT IT” when
the bill is still being considered. Don't go saying you've won when the bill hasn't been officially declined. I don’t even think the deadline
for the bill has passed yet, so why start celebrating now?
Finally, WHY OH WHY am I hearing SOPA is “gone for good” when it returned to the White House this year after it’s failure LAST YEAR? Guys, if it came back once, it can easily come back in a different form. It's quite common for bills such as these to be re-written and watered down to avoid attention for their next attempt. Don’t ever think something is permanently gone because it didn’t work once or even twice. Complacency is how bills sneak in when people are no longer threatened by them. Don’t let your guard down.
Don’t declare victory just yet, people. It’s NEVER over until it’s over. Remember what's at stake here:
If this bill ever passes, the internet's creative elements die and fade away. Possibly irreparably.
CALL YOUR SENATORS. SEND MESSAGES AND APPEALS TO GOVERNMENT WEBSITES. POLITICIANS TAKE PROTESTS MORE SERIOUSLY THE MORE THEIR VOTERS SEEM AFFECTED AND INFLUENCED BY THEM.