||SOPA AND PIPA BILLS INDEFINTELY SUSPENDED
23rd January 2012
The United States Congress has delayed a vote on the hotly-contested anti-piracy bills following last week's Black Wednesday protests. The bill now looks dead the water, which is no bad thing.
The controversial PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act) was to be subject to a crucial vote this coming Tuesday, while a decision on SOPA (Stop Online Privacy Act) was also believed to be close however, in light of the widespread online activism last week, which saw Wikipedia go dark for a day, the US government has indefinitely suspended the vote until the legislation can be revisited.
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Senate majority leader Harry Reid said on Twitter: "In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday's vote on the PROTECT IP Act."
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith said: "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."
Delaying the vote and seemingly completely derailing both bills in their current forms is a gigantic victory for many of the web's big hitters who have been campaigning against the perceived censorship of free speech.