SOPA/PIPA vote suspended
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Just hours after Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) announced he was delaying a vote on the PROTECT IP Act , Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the sponsor of the Stop Online Piracy Act, followed suit and announced he would be delaying consideration of the companion legislation . “I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy," Smith said. "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." "The Committee will continue work with both copyright owners and Internet companies to develop proposals that combat online piracy and protect America’s intellectual property," Smith continued.
This morning, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), the Senate Majority Leader, said in a statement that he would postpone next week’s vote on the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) followed with a statement that he would also halt consideration of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Collectively, millions of people rose up and told Washington that these bills shall not pass . This outcome was driven by an unprecedented day of online protests on Wednesday of this week, and the resulting coverage on cable and broadcast news networks had an effect.
Élaborées dans le but de fournir de nouveaux moyens de lutte contre le piratage et la contrefaçon sur Internet, les lois PIPA (Protect IP Act) et SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) ont fait couler beaucoup d'encre aux États-Unis. Elles sont en effet particulièrement controversées, leurs opposants estimant qu'elles font courir un grave risque sur les libertés individuelles et la capacité d'innovation de nombreuses sociétés. Les deux textes, actuellement examinés par le Congrès américain, sont toutefois menacés. Tout d'abord, parce que les soutiens politiques se raréfient . Depuis le blackout de mercredi, qui a conduit de nombreux sites web à se parer de noir pour marquer leur hostilité à l'égard des lois PIPA et SOPA, plusieurs élus ont choisi de prendre leurs distances, de peur d'être pris dans un fiasco politique.
January 18, 2012 January 20 Update - Please find additional commentary from the Berkman community on this page below the original post. Today, many U.S. websites are participating in a blackout in order to express their opposition to pending U.S. legislation—House Bill 3261, The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and S.968, the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA).
The tech sector and other opponents of the Protect IP Act have succeeded in at least delaying a vote on the bill. (Credit: Greg Sandoval/CNET) In the face of withering opposition, Senate leaders have postponed a vote on the Protect IP Act that was scheduled for Tuesday. "In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday's vote," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada), in a statement . "There is no reason that the legitimate issues raised by many about this bill cannot be resolved," Reid wrote.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) announced on Friday that he will postpone consideration of his Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) until there is wider agreement on the controversial legislation. "I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy," Smith said. "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's announcement came just minutes after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced he would shelve the Senate's version of the anti-piracy legislation, the Protect IP Act.
First things first: huzzah. Today Senator Reid announced today that he is postponing the Tuesday vote on the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). Moments later, Representative Lamar Smith shelved the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). This is a fantastic day for the internet, and the internet community at large. As we have mentioned before , this was not some “Hollywood vs.