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.

Comments (65)
  1. Alex says:

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

    1. concerned says:

      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.

    2. Paul Revere says:

      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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    3. Edward Burek says:

      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.

    4. joe says:

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

  2. Randall F. says:

    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.

  3. jshell says:

    too late Rubio… you lost me!

    1. Kurt says:

      Typical Politician – Flip Flopping Tool.

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  4. Ann Ominous says:

    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…

  5. Brian says:

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

    1. remnant says:

      yoiu beat me to it Brian!

    2. Wild Billl says:

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

    3. joe says:

      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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  6. EndTheFed says:

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

    1. portia2708 says:

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

  7. jonathan says:

    I am all for the ban

  8. Alex says:

    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.

    1. George says:

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

    2. Edward Burek says:

      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

  9. Lolly! says:

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

  10. Gertrude McFuzz says:

    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!!

  11. portia2708 says:

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

  12. remnant says:

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

    1. JK123 says:

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

    2. tontoriumnostrum says:

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

  13. David Bennett says:

    I’m voting for RON PAUL!

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

  14. Billy says:

    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?

  15. Scoobs says:

    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.

    1. Morrigan says:

      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.

  16. JOe says:

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

  17. steve mcfadden says:

    Rubio for Vice President!

    1. remnant says:

      of China or Russia?

  18. J.Schultz says:

    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.

  19. Doug says:

    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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  20. Miguel says:

    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.

  21. Todd M says:

    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.

    1. Paul Revere says:

      True on all accounts

  22. yama says:

    Hey rubio, which way is the wind blowing?

  23. george says:

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

  24. Dwight E. Howell says:

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

  25. rudebutcool says:

    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….

  26. Colleen Casey says:

    Everyone on here who doesn’t know exactly what this bill is should not point fingers at Rubio. That is probably everyone…. smh Hypocrytes???

  27. PoysunIvy says:

    If you lumped the ‘brains” of the democrats and the Ron Paul people together and created dynamite, there would not be enough firepower to blow your nose.

    Democrats are not smart people, evidenced by their electing a complete emnpty headed moron as their president.

  28. Some of these comments already prove to me that all you Rubio haters certainly lack in class. Watch who you call “low-life”.

  29. Alexandron says:

    Hollywood could probably put the “pirates” out of business since they already have the product and the bucks to set up competing “generic pirate” websites. If they succeed with passing this legislation do you think they’ll reduce ticket prices? I think not.
    YouTube music is like reverse Payola. Instead of record companies paying the DJs of old under the table to spin their product on the radio, others are doing it at no cost to them. The government stopped “paid Payola” in the early 1960s and now the record companies want to stop “free Payola” Some sort of streaming payment should be arranged and music entering the public domain should be rolled back to some previous level. We’d still be paying royalties to Bach and Beethoven if the current bunch of characters were around back then.

  30. Foundation of Liberty says:

    Piracy isn’t the problem. It is the potential for 1st amendment abuse that this bill would create. It would be unconstitutional and it would do much more harm than good. That is why it is being opposed so vigorously. Thanks to the internet the average person has never had more power to make their voice heard than they have today. Need an example, read almost any forum and look for, “Ron Paul 2012.” These people would have little or no chance of sharing their opinion so effectively without the internet, especially with our bias Media (a closer look at our bias media is a prime example why we need to stand up for a free internet and free speech).
    Look at the power and the role social networking sites, like Facebook, played in the uprisings and revolutions in the Middle East last year. Don’t you think our elected officials saw that? Don’t you also think they were more than a little worried about the potential of similar happenings in the US, especially considering the growing division between our political parties, and people’s ever-increasing disapproval and dissatisfaction of our elected leaders in Washington?
    Now I’m no conspiracy theorist, and there is nothing I long for more than a united, strong, and FREE America, but I honestly feel that this is what it all comes down to. It is all about control. We have never had more 1st amendment power than we do today. Anyone can write a blog, anyone can post a comment agreeing, or disagreeing, with a news article, anyone can share their opinion, and some opinions receive tremendous support and following from the American people.
    Free speech is our right as American citizens. Even more than that, it is a right that should be available to all people. Protecting free speech trumps preventing piracy every time. Piracy is a problem and I’m sure there is an honest, fair, and just solution out there. However, SOPA and PIPA are not it. Stay strong America and make your voices heard.

  31. David says:

    I think it’s funny how people like this back down for “unintended consequences” in a situation like this, yet they mock Ron Paul for suggesting that when it comes to foreign policy. I am totally against SOPA, NDAA, PIPA, and all power grabbing bills; but no one dies from these. Unintended consequences are occurring overseas as a result of our policies………Only people that respect the constitution from either side of the isle should be considered for president.

  32. joeh says:

    And let’s all open our pockets and make sureTexas Republican Lamar Smith, who sponsored the SOPA bill is never elected to another office.

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    Neocon Marco Rubio now forced to agree with Ron Paul

  34. FatChance says:

    He must have read the bill…

  35. BadStuff says:

    There’s some pretty stupid comments in here. This legislation is supported by Dems just as much as it was supported by Reps. Wasserman, for example (also from Fla) is still an adamant supporter of the legislation.

    And it is not about whether it is a foreign country or not – the fact of the matter is that it is an effort to control the market by a limited few. The wording is extremely vague. That’s if you support the idea in the first place.

    I find it ironic that the very people wanting to protect “intellectual creativity” are not actually creating anything unique. Almost EVERY motion picture released this year is a remake of old stories. And EVERY movie released this year borrows, in some way (most of them fairly obvious) from other works in one way or another.

    By their own definition, this is “piracy.”

    Anyone that believes that needs to go back to school. Whether song lyrics, encyclopedic explanations of a topic, screen script, or fiction novels, it is all literature. To that end, very, very little literature is actually unique. It almost always “borrows” from other work. Huck Finn, for example, is very similar to Homer’s Odyssey.

    Does that make Twain a “pirate?”

    Obviously this is not meant to end “piracy” or plagiarism. It is an effort for those that have money right now from plagiarizing to make sure no one else gets a piece of the pie. That is the reality.

    What’s more, there are already remedies for artists and corporations that feel slighted: they can and do sue alleged pirates.

    The problem is that they are spending their own money to do it. This legislation makes it so that other companies have to spend the bulk of the money enforcing the legal recourse. Other money will be spent, too – by you, the taxpayer because there is going to have to be some sort of policing agency to make sure companies like Google or Facebook are enforcing the law.

    There is nothing at all good about legislation like this. I love how the corporations lobbying for this legislation make films protesting lobbyists. They also call Google greedy??? That is most definitely a case of the pot calling the kettle black!

    Wake up. This is a bad move for everyone.

  36. Allarm says:

    There was a method to this madness.

  37. Manji says:

    The story is about Senator Rubio withdrawing his support of the bill. Probably 99.9% of the people posting here didn’t even know he supported it in the first place. Without the story you’d have no information yet there you sit acting superior and showing your disapproval of the Senator changing his mind. Isn’t that the way our system is supposed to work? And to end “the system”, what would that solve? Do you realize it will be replaced with something else and you may not get to have an opinion as to what that replacement is.

  38. Jerry Riter says:

    No one is saying that Debbie Wasserman, the DNC chairwoman and the one Obama thinks is sooo cute, still supports the bill.

  39. poorwhiteboy says:

    A TRUE CUBAN HERO . NOW GO back to cuba. FLY, leave your boat here. Take little havanna with you . .

  40. willy joe says:

    Rubio is a 2nd generation who is a lying weasel who would like you to believe his parents came here fleeing Castro when in fact they came of their own free will looking to make money. He’s nothing but a bean eating black prick.

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    Oh, you mean today!

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