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SOPA And PIPA Sponsors Caving Into Opposition

TPM [1]
January 14, 2012

As more and more actions [2] are planned in protest [3] of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) [4] and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) [5], the dual pieces of anti-online piracy legislation moving through Congress, the architects and supporters of these bills have finally begun tiptoeing back.

PIPA co-sponsor Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) on late Friday [6] released a statement saying: “I would not vote for final passage of PIPA, as currently written, on the Senate floor.”

However, Cardin said he would remain a co-sponsor because it would give him “the opportunity to be an active participant in the process of addressing the most serious concerns raised by my constituents.”

Meanwhile, six other Republican Senate co-sponsors of PIPA — Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Tom Coburn (R-OK) — sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) [7] on Friday asking him to delay the impending full Senate vote on PIPA scheduled for January 24.

As the letter [8] (which was cc’ed to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)) reads:

Since the mark-up, we have increasingly heard from a large number of constituents and other stakeholders with vocal concerns about possible unintended consequences of the proposed legislation, including breaches in cybersecurity, damaging the integrity of the Internet, costly and burdensome litigation, and dilution of First Amendment rights. Moreover, in light of potential cybersecurity implications, we believe hearing from the Administration and relevant agencies is imperative.

Full article here [1]