Rubio Withdraws Support For Controversial Internet Law

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – On the same day that thousands of websites including Wikipedia and WordPress have gone dark to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act; Florida Senator Marco Rubio announced he was withdrawing his name and support for the bill.

“Congress should listen and avoid rushing through a bill that could have many unintended consequences,” Senator Rubio wrote on his Facebook page. “Therefore, I have decided to withdraw my support for the Protect IP Act.”

Rubio’s statement also said he hopes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will abandon plans to send the act to the Senate floor while giving legislators more time to address the concerns and ramifications of a potentially crippling bill to the Internet.

SOPA would allow the U.S. attorney general to seek a court order to shut down access to offshore Web sites. Once the court order is granted, the attorney general could force U.S. Internet service providers to block the sites.

In addition, according to CNET the bill could end up requiring ISP’s to monitor what web sites individuals visit and block sites that may be infringing on copyright.

The bill would essentially create a blacklist of potentially millions of websites that may or may not be engaged in copyright infringement regarding movies, television, and music.

So, a site like YouTube or Wikipedia could be blacklisted due to alleged copyright infringement.

Texas Republican Lamar Smith, who sponsored the SOPA bill, has been financially benefiting from leading the charge. The top donors to his 2012 campaign committee are from the TV, movie, and music industries, according to CNET.

Wednesday, website giants like Wikipedia and Reddit shutdown to protest the bills. Internet behemoth Google also took part in the protest by censoring the Google doodle on the search giants home page.

Both bills are likely to be brought up to a vote in the two Congressional chambers, but a White House veto could be looming if they are passed.

  • Alex

    Why did Rubio support it in the first place?
    I think it shows his dictatorial tendencies.

    • Paul Revere

      Dictatorial is a bit of a stretch, but I have to wonder how you can claim to be of political philosophy akin to the spirit of the Boston Tea Party and then back something like this which is clearly a case of the entertainment giants using government to inflate their profits.

      Apart from Ron Paul I can’t find a single respectable person in Congress

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    • joe

      Explain. And that would mean the influence of Hollywood is……? Be more concerned about that!

    • Edward Burek

      I think it shows that he initially saw only the anti piracy implications of the bill. Then did what all politicians are supposed to do and bowed to the will of his constituency.

    • concerned

      Something of this nature should not be left for the house or senate to vote to approve. This type of legislation should be put to a public vote.
      Come on government people…really ….do you think you are really in the people’s best interest. Did you forget who you are suppose to be serving here. I think yes.

  • Randall F.

    More garbage legislation being pushed by the corruptocrats to protect their campaign donors. Meanwhile China and Eastern Europe steal billions in pirated music and films each year and our idiotic congress goes after American citizens instead of the much bigger foreign threat. Typical of the stupidity that permeates our government in all levels.

    • pdxguy

      Amen to that.

  • jshell

    too late Rubio… you lost me!

    • Kurt

      Typical Politician – Flip Flopping Tool.

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  • Ann Ominous

    Nearly all legislation has unintended negative consequences.

    Consequently, nearly all legislation is unnecessary and harmful.

    Especially Obamneycare, when it comes to the U.S. economy…

  • Brian

    Rubio still supports and voted for NDAA. He’s no different than the rest of the treasonous cowards.

    • Mason


    • joe

      Where were all the radical hollywood types and ACLU demonstrating and getting on television about this NDAA act that Obama signed? They went nuts when Bush wanted only the right to phone tap terrorists without a warrent. This is FAR far worse. Forget whether Rubio supported it – the issue is who wrote it, introduced it and ultimately SIGNED it and who DIDN’T protest over this? THAT’s the real story here.

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    • Wild Billl

      Have you ever noticed once they get in, they conform………….???????

    • remnant

      yoiu beat me to it Brian!

  • EndTheFed

    How interchangeable these jerks are! Let’s end this system!!!

    • portia2708

      Absolutely…and, not in 2016, but now…get them ALL out

  • jonathan

    I am all for the ban

  • Alex

    In other words, this deprave neocon lowlife needs to be intimidated in to doing the right thing. Take note of this guy’s true nature – THAT is what counts. Not some politically motivated flip-flop. As soon as this guy won his election he ran off to Israel – very creepy.

    • Edward Burek

      I think it shows that he initially saw only the anti piracy implications of the bill. Then did what all politicians are supposed to do and bowed to the will of his constituency. That is what I would hope my representatives and senators in Washington would do.

      You can’t complain that politicians never admit they were wrong, then be mad when they change their mind on something because it may have been wrong

    • George

      You can’t fake authenticity. Would it be OK if he went to Gaza? Creepy is a good word. To characterize you.

  • Lolly!

    What a guy! He knows which way the wind is blowing. If only he could learn the difference between freedom and authoritarianism.

  • Gertrude McFuzz

    It seems that ALL legislation ends up having ‘unintended consequences’. Look at McCain/Feingold! It was passed with good intentions, but has created the monster of the super pacs.

    Maybe all legislation should be passed with some type of ‘probation period’ where if it isn’t working out within a certain period of time, it can be rescinded!!

  • portia2708

    Rubio…just another flash in the pan Republican…he knows NOTHING and the teabaggers love him…just goes to show ‘ya

  • remnant

    He already sold us into slavery with his support of the NDAA. He should be tried for treason and executed.

    • tontoriumnostrum

      You guys can’t be serious. Who gives a sh_ in the real world?

    • JK123

      I bet all the Founding Fathers, even Hamilton included, would agree with you.

  • David Bennett

    I’m voting for RON PAUL!

    RON PAUL 2012!!!
    RON PAUL 2012!!!
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    RON PAUL 2012!!!

  • Billy

    Good gosh this government just cannot leave us alone. Here’s hoping others drop this intrusion into the new economy like the piece of hot mess it is. Why do we need record companies? The bands now have a new, better way to sell their songs. But $1.29 apiece?!? Get off it! How much of that goes to the band and how much of it goes to the anachronistic RIAA pimples trying to influence stone deaf members of Congress, greedy for campaign contributions?

  • Scoobs

    Tim – Do you even read your own article?

    “…to shut down access to offshore Web sites.”

    “So, a site like YouTube or Wikipedia could be blacklisted due to alleged copyright infringement.”

    That’s blatantly false, and is the kind of misinformation being used to try and get people involved in protesting these bills. The bill ONLY addresses foreign websites not hosted in the United States, and that does NOT include YouTube, Wikipedia, or any number of other websites everybody cites as incorrect examples.

    • Morrigan

      Yes, but it gets the camel’s nose under the tent. Once they have that power, where will they stop? You might have missed it but POTUS ordered an American citizen assassinated a few weeks ago. And what about the NDAA? This country is very close to being a dictatorship.

  • JOe

    SUPPORT HR 2366 & HR 2306 If you want to bring jobs to this country. Stop talking away freedoms.

  • steve mcfadden

    Rubio for Vice President!

    • remnant

      of China or Russia?

  • J.Schultz

    Shouldn’t have happened in the first place, Marco. Make sure it doesn’t happen again. It gets tiresome having to babysit you every step of the way. Kind of like Rand Paul had to clean up your mess with the Georgia and NATO incident.

  • Doug

    Too late Rubio, you’ve already shown yourself to be a RINO that hijacked a ride on the Tea Party bandwagon. You’re a fake and a phoney.

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  • Miguel

    The whining tools in this threat are too late in understanding that their heroes on the left are them out in a heartbeat. Rubio at least sees through DC’s lies and deceptions as presented to our lawmakers. The facebook-wikipedia, et al, supporters of Obama’s attacks upon the people are cluelesly whinning away.

    As a one-time serious leftist, I say that only, ONLY through our traditional Constitution can we resurrect our hopes and dreams and build better futures for ourselves and for our children.

    Rubio at least sees and admits his former mistaken judgment, something Obama is terrified to do.

  • Todd M

    Rubio is no conservative. He is an open borders, pro-illegal RINO like Mel Martinez. Rubio is NOT a Tea Party conservative. They are pushing another open-borders RINO in Connie Mack who’s grandpa fixed baseball games back in the day. Rubio and Mack are as bad as that moron Bill Nelson. They all vote left like Harry Reid. Fidel Castro would vote for SOPA and NDAA.

    Ron Paul 2012 or we lose the country.

    • Paul Revere

      True on all accounts

  • yama

    Hey rubio, which way is the wind blowing?

  • george

    rubio is another guy looking for more power, a wolf in sheep clothing.

  • Dwight E. Howell

    How does this ignoramus expect ISPs to do what he wants without reading everyone’s traffic?

  • rudebutcool

    Oh yeah, Obama won’t sign it just like the american citizen detention in guatanamo bill, right…of course he’ll sign it!!! He is a dictator just like Chavez in Venezuela….

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