travdaddy writes: "Lamar Smith, sponsor of the SOPA bill, wrote an opinion piece explaining why SOPA "protects consumers and innovators" and that "a great deal of misinformation about the bill has been spread around the Internet." I hope he has his asbestos suit ready."
travdaddy writes: "As reported on Slashdot only about a week ago, a passage of a Massachusetts Gambling Bill would criminalize online poker. That passage has been stricken due to the help of a grass-roots organization called the Poker Players Alliance. It "quickly got the message to all of its Massachusetts members—around 25,000 people-- and over 1,000,000 nationwide to make their voices heard; apparently lawmakers were listening since the language making online poker illegal –and online gaming in general-- was taken out of the legislation." Another Massachusetts bill may even "take [poker] completely out of the gambling genre" and make it legislated as a game of skill."