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Vote on US online piracy bill on hold

2012-01-20 17:44

Washington - US Senate majority leader Harry Reid will postpone a test vote next week on a bill to fight online piracy and counterfeiting, after a storm of protest from internet companies and search engines who fear overregulation and censorship.

The protests included a blackout by Wikipedia this week and a petition by Google that generated more than seven million signatures.

Now at least a half-dozen senators who sponsored the measure say they oppose it.

Reid says he's optimistic about reaching a compromise that protects Americans' intellectual property and maintains openness and innovation on the Internet.

Comments
  • Gavin - 2012-01-20 18:18

    I buy my music on the Nokia website for R6 - R8 per song, this is such a small amount, at that price there is absolutely no need to pirate any music

      Sean - 2012-01-20 18:29

      @Gavin , I agree with you , but obviously most people do not think like that.

      RE - 2012-01-20 18:52

      lol losers,they gonna fail on this one big time + the internet is suppose to b free, and im pretty sure if they want to continue on that road, the hackers will step up

      Korathias - 2012-01-20 19:12

      You guys are clueless to the real reason behind this. The SOPA act would give the American movie and music companies the power to shut down any website they believed went against there copy right terms and sue the people involved. So if you little child/relative had to upload a video to youtube of them singing a popular song, then they could arrest them for 5 years and fine them something in the thousands of dollars. This has nothing to do with piracy it has everything to do with power

  • Charmaine - 2012-01-20 18:33

    ongoing....

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