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Sopa and Pipa bills postponed in US Congress

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Sopa and Pipa bills postponed in US Congress

Post by Martyn20 on Sat Jan 21, 2012 6:29 am

The US Congress has halted debate on two contested anti-online piracy bills.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid delayed a vote on the Protect IP Act (Pipa) scheduled for Tuesday.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith then said his panel would not consider the Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) until a compromise was reached.

The decisions follow protests by online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, and thousands of other websites, which went "dark" in protest for 24 hours earlier this week.

"In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday's vote on the PROTECT IP Act," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, said in a statement on Friday.

Mr Smith, a Texas Republican in the House of Representatives, said in a statement: "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."

Link to BBC Story

Sadly it's been proved the people making these decisions don't understand the internet, fact is many of them Including Harry Reid, a man I did have respect for, have accepted millions of dollars from media companies and film studios to pass these bills so I am sure we will see them again in some form.

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