WASHINGTON, January 20 .- The Republican Lamar Smith, promoter of the US SOPA bill against Internet piracy, today announced that indefinitely postponed the presentation of the text to vote in the House of Representatives, after hearing the concerns of citizens and claims of large companies in the network.
Smith said he resigned to take the lead SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) to a vote until there is a broader agreement that allows combat piracy after Tuesday will be limited to postpone to February after the first pressure.
Smith’s statement came after the leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate, Harry Reid, said today that the discussion of another anti-piracy project known as PIP (IP Protect Act) would also be postponed in the Senate.
Smith, however, stressed their determination to protect America’s creative industries from piracy on the Internet.
“I’ve heard the critics and I take seriously their concerns about proposed legislation to solve the piracy problem,” Smith said in a statement.
“Clearly we need to review the approach to finding the best way to address the problem of foreign thieves who steal and sell inventions and U.S. products,” he added.
SOUP promoter insisted that he and the legislative committee that addresses the issue would continue working to find the right formula and protect the American cultural industry.
“The problem of online piracy is too great to ignore. The U.S. intellectual property industries provide 19 million jobs pay well and represent over 60% of US exports,” said Smith
“Theft of intellectual property costs the US economy 100 billion the year and the loss of thousands of jobs. Congress can’t stay away,” he said.
These projects seek to block the services of any website that is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for having published without permission copyrighted material and is in any place.
This has raised fears that legitimate sites are blocked where users share content.
On 18 January, the free encyclopedia Wikipedia virtual version in English and other web sites temporarily closed and other services, like Google, put up signs in protest of complaint by the controversial law.
The founders of the major Internet sites a few days ago sent a letter to Congress in which they argued that the law “will create an environment of tremendous fear and uncertainty for technological innovation, and seriously undermines the credibility of the United States in its role as administrator of the key Internet infrastructure
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