Idaho Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Risch may be backpedaling on his initial support of the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Internet Protocol Act, better known as SOPA and PIPA. Risch originally co-sponsored PIPA.
In a copyrighted story by Sean Cockerham, a regional correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, Risch's communications director Brad Hoaglun said his boss wants to take another look at the issue. Hoaglun said Risch's Boise office had received 40-50 phone calls on the issue just in the past couple of days.
"He says now that they're coming forward, it's good to know," Hoaglun told Cockerham. "He wants to study this issue some more and make sure we aren't going to be doing something that impacts people who unknowingly, unwittingly do some things."
As part of a massive one-day protest against SOPA and PIPA, Wikipedia, Reddit and Boing Boing joined other popular websites to go dark for the better part of 24 hours. According to the Los Angeles Times, 4.5 million people signed an anti-censorship petition Wednesday, facilitated by Google.
Risch isn't alone in reconsidering SOPA and PIPA. According to the LA Times, as many as 18 U.S. senators had changed their positions on the controversial measures.