SOPA senate vote delayed until “consensus” is found

By Johnny Cullen
16 January 2012 07:41 GMT

The anticipated vote on SOPA has been delayed until the US House of Senate can find some sort of “consensus,” its been announced over the weekend.

The vote was expected to take place on Wednesday, but Republican House Oversight chairman Darrell Issa said over the weekend that he’d been assured by Republican majority leader Eric Cantor that a vote wouldn’t happen until a consensus was reached.

“While I remain concerned about Senate action on the Protect IP Act, I am confident that flawed legislation will not be taken up by this House,” said Issa in a statement, as reported by US political blog The Hill (via Kotaku).

“Majority Leader Cantor has assured me that we will continue to work to address outstanding concerns and work to build consensus prior to any anti-piracy legislation coming before the House for a vote.”

Over the weekend, the bill’s main sponsor, Republican Lamar Smith, made a concession over the weekend, in which it seen the component that required ISPs to block access to non-US websites accused of copyright and piracy violations.

Nvidia, Bungie,, Runic and Razor all decried the SOPA bill over the weekend, while Mojang, Firefall developer Red 5 and Destructoid were all planning to pull their respective websites on the day of the vote in protest.

The Obama administration also said on Saturday that it wouldn’t support “legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet” in its present format.

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