SOPA/PIPA is not simply a US matter. The outcome of the bills could yet influence other countries, including Ireland to introduce similar forms of censorship. The music industry is already threatening the government with legal action to re-introduce the 3 strike rule for Eircom and everyone else. Also, the US have already bullied the Spanish into passing a similar law.

So, in the words of Peter Cook: "We need a futile gesture at this stage. It will raise the whole tone of the war."

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