Anti-Piracy Legislation Placed on Hold in Congress

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Has the end of the controversial anti-piracy bills known as SOPA and PIPA finally arrived?

On Friday, Congressional leaders including U.S. Senate Majority Leader and House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith agreed to postpone consideration on the legislation following a mass Internet protest that occurred on Wednesday.

“In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the PROTECT I.P. Act,” stated Senator Reid in a press release concerning the matter.

The bill is known as the Protect IP Act in the Senate and as the Stop Online Piracy Act in the U.S. House.

Although the legislation had yet to be shelved until today, it was weakened when Representative Smith agreed to drop DNS blocking from the legislation last Friday. The provision would have afforded the U.S. Justice Department the right to require that ISPs block customer access to sites accused of piracy.

Wednesday’s Internet protest saw popular online sites including Wikipedia and Reddit blacking out their services to spread awareness on the bills.

Since their introduction in Congress, the legislation has been strongly opposed by Internet tech innovators who argue that they would hurt freedom of speech on the web. Despite that, the bills have been strongly supported by companies in the film and music industries.