House, Senate Leaders Put SOPA, PIPA On Hold


It's offical: The main sponsor of the Stop Online Piracy Act, better known as SOPA, announced late Friday that he is postponing any further action, following a week of fierce protests and blackouts from websites such as Wikipedia and Reddit.

Republican Rep. Lamar Smith put SOPA in a drawer a few hours after Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he would delay a cloture vote on the Protect Intellectual Property Act, better known as PIPA.

Proponents, including record companies and movie studios, were pushing for the measures, but global protests argued that the legislation gave the federal government too much power over the Internet.

Wikipedia and Reddit went dark on Thursday while asking millions of their users to push back against the pending bills.