SOPA and PIPA shelved after Internet blackout protest

Two days ago, tech companies and websites staged what's been called the great Internet blackout of 2012.

Today (January 20), the sponsors of the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act responded to the heat by pulling the contentious U.S. antipiracy bills.

Reuters reports:

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said he would postpone a critical vote that had been scheduled for January 24 "in light of recent events."

Lamar Smith, the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, followed suit, saying his panel would delay action on similar legislation until there is wider agreement on the issue.

Stay tuned.

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