Friday, January 20, 2012

Internet Blackout Works As Congress Shelves SOPA And PIPA Vote

The politicians behind the anti-piracy bills, SOPA And PIPA, have responded to the recent internet blackouts in protest to their legislation by indefinitely shelving their respective proposed votes.

In a brief statement, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said "in light of recent events" that he would postpone the SOPA vote that had been scheduled for January 24. Shortly after Reid's statement Lamar Smith, the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, followed suit, saying his panel would delay action on the similar PIPA legislation until there is wider agreement on the issue at this time neither have offered details on a potential new date for the vote

"I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy. It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products," Smith said in his statement.

Does this mean SOPA and PIPA are dead? Not hardly!!

Despite his decision to postpone the current action, Reid left the door open to bringing the bill back or introducing further similar legislation. In his statement he said, "There is no reason that the legitimate issues raised by many about this bill cannot be resolved."

Clearly the fight is not over.

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