Eighteen senators announce PIPA opposition

The tide is beginning to turn against the Protect IP Act (PIPA), with the controversial bill seemingly set to meet the same fate as SOPA after 18 senators announced their opposition to it.

Ars Technica reports that of the 18 members of the Senate to renounce the bill yesterday, 16 are Republican and seven were originally co-sponsors of the bill. One, Orrin Hatch of Utah, said PIPA was "simply not ready for prime time."

Florida senator Marco Rubio, said he had withdrawn his support because of "legitimate concerns about the impact the bill could have on access to the internet and about a potentially unreasonable expansion of the federal government's power to impact the internet."

The change in thought on the US right appears to have been prompted by conservative think-tanks and blogs speaking out against the bill. Thirty-five of the Senate's 100 members are yet to state their position on the bill.