Opponents of the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act warned on Thursday — a day after many Internet companies shut down in protest of the bills — that though awareness and discontent with the bills is heightened, the fight continues.
After receiving emails and petitions from thousands of Internet users, lead sponsors of the bills have promised to make changes and are expected to remove the most controversial provision, which would allow Internet service providers to block access to foreign-based piracy sites, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Websites such as Reddit and Wikipedia temporarily shut down to oppose SOPA and PIPA. As a result, more than 162 million people saw the protest message on Wikipedia and other sites.
According to PC World, 18 Senators have backed away from the proposed legislation, and 4.5 million people signed a petition against the acts.
The next Senate vote for PIPA is scheduled for Jan. 24.