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01.20.2012 0

Harry Reid pulls PIPA from Senate floor; UPDATE: House delays SOPA

Caricature of Harry ReidUPDATE: House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith said they will not take up SOPA until there is “wider agreement” on the issue. According to Politico:

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said today that his committee won’t take up SOPA until “there is 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,” he said in a statement. “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.”

Another victory in the war to keep the Internet a free and open place has been won today. Senator Harry Reid has pulled PIPA from the Senate floor.

As Politico reported:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has put off Tuesday’s vote on anti-piracy legislation, according to his spokesman. “In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the PROTECT IP Act,” Reid said in a statement, according to a tweet from his communications director, Adam Jentleson.

This is a victory in what will be a long, long war. Reid will bring back another version of this putrid legislation. And just remember, the current law seems to work just fine.

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