SOPA & PIPA Delayed Indefinitely After Protests

SOPA & PIPA Delayed Indefinitely After Protests

The SOPA and PIPA bills have been delayed indefinitely following the massive internet protest on January 18th, which proved effective. After the black-out of thousands of websites on Wednesday, the bill lost much Congressional support. A petition started by Google accumulated over 7 million signatures.

The Senate was scheduled to vote on the Protect IP Act (PIPA) next week, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid revealed that "in light of recent events" voting would be postponed indefinitely.

In a prepared statement concerning the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith said, "I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns. It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves."

 

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