Lamar Smith, the chief sponsor of SOPA, said on Friday that he is pulling the bill â€œuntil there is wider agreement on a solution.â€
â€œI have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy,â€ Smith (R-Texas) said. â€œIt is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products.â€
Congrats, everyone. Now it’s time for the hard job of crafting new legislation that stops piracy while protecting the integrity and freedom of the Internet.