January 18, 2012
Online Piracy Act Loses Support
After an unprecedented day of Internet-based lobbying, a proposal to clamp down on online piracy lost support Wednesday.
The Stop Online Piracy Act and a Senate companion, the Protect IP Act, were criticized by websites such as Wikipedia and Google as being written too broadly.
Hollywood took a different view, arguing the measure is necessary to stop online pirating of movies, TV shows and other copyrighted material.
But Silicon Valley appears to have won this round, with several lawmakers backing away from the bill.
Congressional Websites Go Dark
It wasn't just Wikipedia that went dark Wednesday.
Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Earl Blumenaeur (D-Ore.), Mike Honda (D-Calif.) and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) showed protest messages on their House.gov sites on the same day as link aggregator Reddit and online encylopedia Wikipedia.
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