“In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the PROTECT I.P. Act,” he said in a statement. “There is no reason that the legitimate issues raised by many about this bill cannot be resolved. Counterfeiting and piracy cost the American economy billions of dollars and thousands of jobs each year, with the movie industry alone supporting over 2.2 million jobs. We must take action to stop these illegal practices. We live in a country where people rightfully expect to be fairly compensated for a day’s work, whether that person is a miner in the high desert of Nevada, an independent band in New York City, or a union worker on the back lots of a California movie studio.”
PIPA, and its House counterpart, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), sparked thousands of websites to go dark earlier this week in protest.
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