The stats are in, and they make SOPA and PIPA’s future in Congress look very uncertain.
After countless popular websites shut down Wednesday to protest the the Stop Internet Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, at least 70 of the bills’ Congressional supporters have abandoned the measures — and another 41 are likely to junk the proposed laws, according to a ProPublica analysis.
Thing is, the measures have been championed by big business interests (namely, the entertainment industry) — which would lead you to believe that they’d get a lot of support from the uber-capitalist/pro-property rights/libertarian/Ayn Rand camp.
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), who’s pretty much made a career championing these ideas, actually turns out to be a major opponent of SOPA.
Paul, who’s vying for the Republican presidential bid, has said many a time that SOPA threatens citizens’ constitutional rights. He even came out in support of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who was among the first to abandon PIPA.
Runnin’ Scared has reached out to Paul to chat more about SOPA. We’ll let you know if we hear back.