Smith Pulls Bill

January 20, 2012 by staff 

Smith Pulls BillSmith Pulls Bill, Websites and Facebook users alike have protested SOPA by blacking out their site’s content and displaying images. The internet is rejoicing today after a bill said to threaten the liberties of users and content publishers on the internet has been withdrawn.

According to a report by Mashable, the chief sponsor behind the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (also known as SOPA), Lamar Smith will be pulling the bill “until there is a wider agreement on a solution.”

“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.”

The decision to pull the controversial bill comes after a number of major websites including Google and Wikipedia blacked out their content Thursday.

Additionally, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced he has “decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the PROTECT IP ACT.” (PIPA)

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