SOPA Bill Vote Put On Hold

The House has decided to hold off on any vote on the “Stop Online Piracy Act until” until a “consensus” can be reached, and that the bill’s creator, Texas representative Lamar Smith, has agreed to remove a portion of the bill that would allow sites to be deleted from the Internet’s domain name system, according to California representative Darrell Issa.

“The voice of the Internet community has been heard,” Issa wrote in a statement on the website of the House Committee on Oversight And Government Reform. ” Much more education for Members of Congress about the workings of the Internet is essential if anti-piracy legislation is to be workable and achieve broad appeal.”

A vote on the bill had been expected to come as early as January 25th and one of the controversial moves actually threatens to block access to foreign sites as well as any that allow users to access them.

“I am confident that flawed legislation will not be taken up by this House,” Issa wrote. “Majority Leader [Eric] Cantor has assured me that we will continue to work to address outstanding concerns and work to build consensus prior to any anti-piracy legislation coming before the House for a vote.”

Some of SOPA’s critics have included Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, domain name system researcher Dan Kaminsky, and other outspoken opponents of the bill from the tech industry. Issa is also delaying a hearing he had planned for Wednesday with those who are not in favor of the legislation. They were expected to offer a wide range of arguments, including that it would hamper startup innovation online and cripple new technical measures in the domain name system (DNS) designed to make websites harder to spoof.

“We will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet,” the White House said in a statement. “Any effort to combat online piracy must guard against the risk of online censorship of lawful activity and must not inhibit innovation by our dynamic businesses large and small.”

Until those issues are resolved with the bill, it will be difficult to determine when or if SOPA gets passed, especially when so many people condemn it.

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