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You might have seen it in passing in previous posts, but really, the hands-down savior on SOPA/PIPA is Oregon’s Senator Ron Wyden. You see, Senator Wyden was the first one to see the danger of these bills, and for a long time, the only prominent voice speaking against it. Without him, this thing would have already passed, unheeded, without a single whimper. And we’d have seen a sudden transformation of how the very internet works, and who gets to speak on it. You can read the history of this here. You see, one Senator can make a difference, and start a grassroots movement to stop a juggernaut of a well-funded bill from passing.
The fight is never completely over, and I’m certain we’ll be here again, covering this issue as the bill gets “rebuilt” into a sneak attack. But we wouldn’t have even gotten this reprieve at all without Senator Wyden. I sent him a heartfelt thank you note via this link. You should really do the same. If we could send this guy 100,000 roses (or maybe iTunes gift cards?) it wouldn’t be enough to thank him for his courage, and his zeal for doing what was right.
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