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Congressional Vote on PIPA Gets Delayed, Meaning Controversial Bill May Not Become Law

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced in a tweet today that he's postponing the voting on the controversial Protect IP Act—better known as PIPA—according to Ars Technica. This delay comes days after a massive internet blackout protest and mobilization of thousands of voters contacting Congress to register their displeasure with the proposed legislation.

Internet activists' main complaint against PIPA and its more visible counterpart SOPA has been the supposed chilling effect they would have against the free flow of information on the Web. If any similar anti-piracy or intellectual property protection bills get presented before the House or the Senate, it's hard to imagine them getting any warmer reception than SOPA or PIPA did.