Breaking: #SOPA may be on ice

Reports are trickling out that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is stopping all action on SOPA, effectively shelving it.

Josh Wretlind, Castle Rock Computers Examiner, wrote a blog post saying that "Representative Eric Cantor (R-VA) announced that he will stop all action on SOPA, effectively killing the bill."

He writes:

This move was most likely due to several things. One of those things is that SOPA and PIPA met huge online protest against the bills. Another reason would be that the White House threatened to veto the bill if it had passed. However, it isn't quite time yet to celebrate, as PIPA(the Senate's version of SOPA) is still up for consideration.

The MCV site also mentions it, saying in a post that "The approaching vote on America’s controversial SOPA proposals has been delayed until a greater “consensus” can be found regarding its implementation."

Ben Parfitt writes:

The approaching vote on America’s controversial SOPA proposals has been delayed until a greater “consensus” can be found regarding its implementation.

Representatives from the Republican party admitted that the legislation was “flawed” and that further work would be put into SOPA to iron areas of contention before it was put to the vote.

The announcement comes after the ruling Obama administration stated that it “ would not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk or undermines the dynamic, innovative global internet”.

We're working to confirm all this and will update you as we learn more.

--Bill Brenner

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