Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) on Friday delayed indefinitely a vote on the Protect IP Act, the proposed anti-piracy legislation that drew a widespread internet revolt Wednesday.
“In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the Protect IP Act,” the senator said in a statement.
Reid urged Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), the chief sponsor of PIPA, to “continue engaging with all stakeholders to forge a balance between protecting Americans’ intellectual property, and maintaining openness and innovation on the internet.”
Reid’s announcement means that, for the moment, there is no action scheduled on either the Senate version of the anti-piracy legislation or the House version, the Stop Online Piracy Act. The move comes a day after rumblings that President Barack Obama was losing financial support from Hollywood, a major backer of the House and Senate measures, because of his opposition.