speaker 1: In San Francisco, just miles from the heart of Silicon Valley, never saw the tech community gather to rally against 2 national bills.
The stop online piracy act or SOPA and pipa, to protect the intellectual property act.
Speaker 2: Information needs to be free.
Speaker 3: We don't want this bill fixed.
We want it stopped.
Speaker 4: We don't want censorship in these leads.
So far my censorship...
Speaker 5: Just to be fair.
We're not fans of piracy at all but we are fans of just the freedom of information.
Speaker 1: across the country in New York, the scene is similar as protesters gathered outside the office of Senator Schumer and Gillibrand 2 co sponsors of pipa.
Speaker 6: Who loves the Internet?
speaker 1: Online, thousands of Internet companies were waging their own battles.
Wikipedia suspended service.
Google provided the direct link for people to take action and blogging to a (work press?) made the censorship message clear.
Speaker 7: There are tons of folks out there who probably weren't really aware of SOPA and pipa before today.
They're finding out how scary these bills really are.
Speaker 8: The message also struck several lawmakers and now as of Wednesday afternoon, 2 Republican senators said they would rescind their support.
Speaker 9: I don't think the bills in their current form have any form of passing it at this point.
Speaker 10: Even President Obama has said he wouldn't sign either into law.
CBS Corporation, the parent company of CNET and CBS News supports the legislation.
Speaker 11: For the concerned consumer, there's already a (??) SOPA App for Android phones.
These free downloads scans bar codes and then will tell you the product manufacturer is one who supports the bill.
Speaker 12: And for those who really wanna make their voices heard, there's even an anti SOPA ring tone available for free download.
Speaker 1: In San Francisco, I'm (Carey Sevoy?) cnet.com for CBS News.
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