Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said he will delay action which would have taken place next week on the Stop Online Piracy Act until more people agree with the legislation.
“I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy,” Smith said in a statement. “It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) also announced that he is delaying consideration of online piracy measures until the concerns of those against them can be alleviated.
Many previous legislative supporters of the piracy bills changed their minds following a public protest against the legislation that made its way across the Internet.
Among those who withdrew support of quickly moving the piracy legislations was Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) who said on Facebook, “Earlier this year, this bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously and without controversy. Since then, we’ve heard legitimate concerns about the impact the bill could have on access to the Internet and about a potentially unreasonable expansion of the federal government’s power to impact the Internet. Congress should listen and avoid rushing through a bill that could have many unintended consequences.”
Critics of the legislation say that though the bills are on hold for now, Americans must remain wary of the issue.