US to postpone vote on “flawed” SOPA

US to postpone vote on "flawed" SOPA

US to postpone vote on "flawed" SOPA

The US House Of Representatives will not vote on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act until a consensus is reached.

The claim comes from Darrell Issa, Republican representative and chairman of the house oversight and government reform committee. He said he had been given assurances by majority leader Eric Cantor that there would be no vote on SOPA, and that a hearing scheduled for Wednesday would be postponed, until both Democrats and Republicans were happy with the wording of the proposed legislation.

"While I remain concerned about Senate action on the Protect IP Act, I am confident that flawed legislation will not be taken up by this House," Issa said in a statement. "Majority leader Cantor has assured me that we will continue to work to address outstanding concerns and work to build a consensus prior to any anti-piracy legislation coming before the House for a vote.

"The voice of the internet community has been heard. Much more education for members of Congress about the workings of the internet is essential if anti-piracy legislation is to be workable and achieve broad appeal."

The news follows the removal from the bill of a requirement that internet service providers block the DNS addresses of overseas websites that infringe on the IP rights of US companies. Lamar Smith, the Republican author of the bill, admitted that further examination of the clause was required after opponents claimed that implementing DNS blocking could make the internet less secure.

Over the weekend the Obama administration also weighed in on the bill, expressing concern at DNS blocking and a separate measure that would prevent online advertisers and payment processors from doing business with infringing websites.

"While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response," the White House said in a statement, "we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global internet.

"Moving forward, we will continue to work with Congress on a bipartisan basis on legislation that provides new tools needed in the global fight against piracy and counterfeiting, while vigorously defending an open internet based on the values of free expression, privacy, security and innovation."

Source: Committee On Oversight And Government Reform