SOPA and PIPA Votes Delayed
This is some incredibly good news for the entire Internet community, but do not celebrate too much because the fight is far from over. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith have announced that both the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) would be delayed until further work can be done on the bills. Neither bill will resurface in its present form, and will most likely have an entirely new name once the Senate and House decide to revisit the issue, whenever that will be. This is a huge blow to both "anti-piracy" bills, and just goes to show how members of Congress do listen to the public. This past Wednesday, thousands of websites were blacked out, most notably Google, Wikipedia, and Reddit, which were the largest public protests of SOPA and PIPA yet. Reports also came in saying the offices of representatives and senators were flooded with phone calls and emails, although that has not been confirmed.
While the delayed votes on SOPA and PIPA do not mean the bills are canceled outright, it is looking more and more likely neither one will come to pass. If and when that happens, then the Internet can really celebrate.