January 14, 2012
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the chief sponsor of the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) said Friday he would remove a controversial provision from the bill until further study takes place.
“After consultation with industry groups across the country, I feel we should remove Domain Name System blocking from the Stop Online Piracy Act so that the Committee can further examine the issues surrounding this provision,” Smith said in a statement.
Domain Name System blocking was a key part of the SOPA legislation that blocked foreign websites accused of copyright infringement.
The move by Smith comes after Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said he would consider a similar move for the Senate version of SOPA, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA).
This article was posted: Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 4:12 am