Chalk up another big win for the Internet companies and their online protest against controversial anti-piracy bills. Both PIPA and SOPA are now on hold in Congress, giving lawmakers more time to work out a compromise between Silcon Valley and Hollywood.
Rep. Lamar Smith
The controversial Stop Online Piracy Act has been stopped dead in its tracks in the House. Until there is broader consensus among the lawmakers about legislation that would crack down on foreign Web sites that infringe on U.S. copyright material and counterfeit goods, Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R.-Va.) has agreed SOPA would not come before the House for a vote.
The debate over how to crack down on foreign Web sites that steal U.S. content or sell counterfeit goods took yet another turn late Friday. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said he plans to remove domain name system blocking, a controversial provision, from the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).