Several Members Of Congress Switch Sides Due To SOPA and PIPA Protests

Posted Jan 19, 2012

Several members of Congress has switched sides to oppose antipiracy legislation out of response to the Internet protests that took place yesterday. Some of the protests included Google, Wikipedia, Reddit, and other top Internet websites “going dark.” Content providers such as the RIAA and MPAA have been trying to win back public opinion and official support.

Senators Roy Blunt, Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch, John Boozman, and Marco Rubio withdrew their support for the bills. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was blamed for rushing the Senate version of the bill.

Creative America, an anti-piracy organization and supporter of the bills launched a TV ad campaign and vowed to send organizers to big events around the country such as the Sundance Film Festival to get voters to see their viewpoint.

Internet companies believe that the bills would undermine innovation and free speech rights. Senator Roy Blunt called the legislation “deeply flawed.” Rubio and Boozman said that they stopped supporting the legislation because of “unintended consequences” that could stem from the law.

“We can’t let poorly thought out laws get in the way of the Internet’s development,” stated Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

[Ars Technica]