United States Representative, Lamar Smith, a key proponent of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has announced in an official statement that the House Judiciary Committee which he chairs is going to put consideration of the bill on hold. In his statement he 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.”
As well as this Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, announced on Twitter that the Protect IP Act (PIPA) vote, scheduled for Tuesday, had been postponed
This comes after the coordinated online action taken on Wednesday, which included a 24 hour blackout of the English version of Wikipedia and an attack by Hacktivist group Anonymous on several US Government and Media industry websites on Thursday. This has lead to many US citizens calling upon their representatives to try and get them to oppose SOPA and PIPA. Between Thursday the ratio of support for the two bills has shifted from 80 Supporters and 31 opponents to 65 supporters and 101 opponents (some who did not have a stance now oppose).
Despite what many are claiming as a victory, Lamar Smith’s statement does mention that he still hopes to develop further proposals to “combat online piracy and protect America’s intellectual property”.