Jan 18, 2012

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Co-Sponsor of PIPA Withdraws His Support

Co-Sponsor of PIPA Withdraws His Support

Freshman Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida co-sponsored the Protect IP Act (PIPA), but today he release a statement on his Facebook page saying that he has decided to withdraw his support for PIPA. Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, also dropped his support shortly after Rubio’s post. While this might seem like a small victory, both Rubio and Cornyn stated that more time is needed to study the measure.

It seems like the Blackout Day has definitely caught the attention of some of the supporters of the bill, and while tomorrow we might go back to our normal internet lives, we have to make sure we keep up the pressure until both SOPA and PIPA are completely abandoned. Here’s what Rubio had to say today about his withdraw:

“Earlier this year, this bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously and without controversy. Since then, we’ve heard legitimate concerns about the impact the bill could have on access to the Internet and about a potentially unreasonable expansion of the federal government’s power to impact the Internet. Congress should listen and avoid rushing through a bill that could have many unintended consequences.

Therefore, I have decided to withdraw my support for the Protect IP Act. Furthermore, I encourage Senator Reid to abandon his plan to rush the bill to the floor. Instead, we should take more time to address the concerns raised by all sides, and come up with new legislation that addresses Internet piracy while protecting free and open access to the Internet.”

So while Rubio and Cornyn withdrew their support, we have to make sure we don’t give up on protesting SOPA and PIPA. Still this is a step towards the eventual goal of making sure SOPA and PIPA are completely wiped out.

[Source: New York Times]