SOPA Won't Come to a House Vote Until Consensus is Found

Written by John Ponio    Monday, 16 January 2012 21:19

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The Stop Online Piracy Act just hit a big bump: Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said that the House will hold off on a vote for SOPA until a consensus is found. This is a major relief, and shows that there is more opposition in Congress than most of the internet would lead you to believe. Maybe all of the encouraging of people to contact their congressmen worked! Another big thing dropped from the bill is the provision that would force ISPs to block websites. That's one of the main things critics harp on, so the removal of that is big. SOPA still is not over, but it's at least delayed. Now the attention is on SOPA's Senate-sister PIPA, or the Protect Intellectual Property Act, which shows no signs of stopping. One of the main Congressional opponents of SOPA Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said, "Right now, the focus of protecting the Internet needs to be on the Senate where Majority Leader Reid has announced his intention to try to move similar legislation in less than two weeks." You can read more about it here. Make sure to contact your senators and voice your opinion about this, as it's a very big and important issue.