After the Internet went dark for one day, with more than 10,000 websites protesting against SOPA threats, more than 7 million people signed a massive petition on Google.com, thus acting against the limiting bills. But the battle is not over yet. Even if the Protect IP act has been halted in the Senate, it is still too soon to celebrate and sing victorious songs. The U.S. Senate also agreed that the SOPA bill must be redesigned and redrafted.
The Congress was not deaf to the growing concerns of the population who contacted the public institution by email and phone in order to express their worries regarding the Internet bills. This might have added to the Senate’s decision.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith who started all this, agrees that some issues raised need to be addressed and that the bill would benefit from some changes. On the other hand Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy said that while he respects and obey the Senate’s decision, he does not believe the critics of the bill are well founded.
This legislation has been hailed by entrainment companies, publishers even pharmaceutical companies who say it is a very important addition in the war against on-line piracy, which has been costing them massive amounts of revenue.