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U.S. Congress Puts SOPA/PIPA Copyright Bills on Hold

posted on 2012-01-20 23:47 EST

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, lead supporter of Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), said on Friday that the bill will be redrafted. According to the Los Angeles Times newspaper, Smith said the United States Congress "will postpone consideration of the legislation until there is wider agreement on a solution." However, the U.S. Representative said he still intends to pursue legislation that combats online piracy and protects American intellectual property.

The U.S. Senate also postponed the vote the companion bill Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) that was scheduled for next Tuesday. Several Senators withdrew their support for the bill on Wednesday in light of the widespread internet protests against SOPA and PIPA. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, chief sponsor of the bill, said that he remains committed to passing a revised version of PIPA.

Sources: Los Angeles Times, Yahoo! Japan News via Slashdot, ars technica


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