New York, Jan 21: The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) by US Congressman Lamar Smith was put off on Friday, following a wide range of uproar over the proposal. The controversial bill drew instant ridicule from almost all the internet bosses and companies.
The Wikipedia went dark for 24 hours to show its dissent against the SOPA. Taking cue from the former, search giant Google also followed the suit. The Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg openly opposed the bill and joining hands with his compatriots, demanded the pulling out of suggested internet bills.
The SOPA bill went up in flames like a fireball garnering massive protest across the country. Leading micro-blogging site Twitter recorded 34 million tweets against the SOPA just in a day.
However, evaluating the scale of dislikes, the author of SOPA bill, Mr Smith decided to pull the plug off, “until there is wider agreement on a solution."
“Heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy. It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products,” Mr Smith added.
With US presidential elections imminent, as President Barack Obama have plans to run for office for the second time, this SOPA row fetched a reason for Opposition, Republican, to dent the image of the government to some extent.
Leading Republican candidate Mitt Romney, denounced the proposed internet bills as it was a move to clamp down the freedom of information across internet. Passing of this controversial bill could have spelled troubles for Obama administration in the upcoming polls.
Remember, this may be a tactical withdrawal, considering the protest surrounding it. However, SOPA is likely to crop up with few makeovers in years to come.