SAN ANTONIO — Lawmakers on Friday indefinitely postponed anti-piracy legislation that pits Hollywood against Silicon Valley, two days after major Internet companies staged an online protest by blacking out parts of prominent websites.Chris Dodd and the MPAA were clearly surprised of the blowback to their proposal to establish their version of the Great Firewall of China. Their lobbyists and
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid postponed a showdown vote in his chamber on the Protect Intellectual Property Act, or PIPA for short, that had been scheduled for January 24.
Lamar Smith, the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, followed suit, saying his panel would delay action on similar legislation called the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, until there is wider agreement on the legislation.
So they will back off, for now, and hope to sneak the bill through. Possibly buried in some omnibus funding bill.
Hopefully, people will be watching these weasels like hawks.