Guess there is strength in numbers after all. Today, the U.S. Senate agreed that the SOPA(Stop Online Piracy Act) bill must be redrafted. The decision came after the Senates move to postpone the PIPA( Preventing Real Online Threats to Economically Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011) bill; which was scheduled to be voted on next week.
It also seems as though Congress listened, to the growing concerns of the people. It was only this past Wednesday, that several sites shut down in protest of the SOPA and PIPA bills. In addition, people contacted Congress via email and phone; to express their dissatisfaction with the Internet bills. This seems to have a major impact on the Senates decision.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who initiated the bill; says he has listened to the critics and agrees that the bill needs to be revised. On the other-hand, Senate Judiciary Committee Chariman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) says that while he respects the Senates decision to revise the bill; he’s not in agreement with the critics of the bill, and fears that people from countries outside of the U.S., will continue to sell pirated property. Causing American entities to lose large amounts of revenue.
Everything seems to safe for now, we have to wait and see what revisions are made to both bills.