SOPA AND PIPA OFFICIALLY DELAYED

The Internet gave the public their voice back. Think the Internet Blackout didn’t work? Think again.

Senator Reid just released a statement regarding the planned vote next week regarding the Protect-IP Act.

“In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the PROTECT I.P. Act.

There is no reason that the legitimate issues raised by many about this bill cannot be resolved. Counterfeiting and piracy cost the American economy billions of dollars and thousands of jobs each year, with the movie industry alone supporting over 2.2 million jobs. We must take action to stop these illegal practices. We live in a country where people rightfully expect to be fairly compensated for a day’s work, whether that person is a miner in the high desert of Nevada, an independent band in New York City, or a union worker on the back lots of a California movie studio.

I admire the work that Chairman Leahy has put into this bill. I encourage him to continue engaging with all stakeholders to forge a balance between protecting Americans’ intellectual property, and maintaining openness and innovation on the internet. We made good progress through the discussions we’ve held in recent days, and I am optimistic that we can reach a compromise in the coming weeks.”

SOPA Sponsor Lamar Smith from TX announced the following moments later:

“I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy,” Smith said. “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.”

These bills are going to pop back up.. this fight is far from over and the RIAA and MPAA will not give up easily. Congress needs to get educated on the internet, and stop buying into Big Content hyperbole and unsupported figures. We also have PRO-IP to try and get fixed… but this is a victory in every sense of the word for the Internet.