Congress | Lawmakers from both parties back away from controversial internet anti-piracy bills
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 1/20/12, 08:24 pm
WASHINGTON-In a victory for new social media over traditional content industries, top congressional lawmakers on Friday delayed moving forward with controversial anti-piracy legislation.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, bowing to mounting pressure, canceled a vote scheduled for Tuesday on the Senate version, called the Protect IP Act. Meanwhile, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said his panel would postpone consideration of that chamber's version, known as the Stop Online Piracy Act.