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SOPA vote delayed as lobbyists apply pressure

Patrick Ross, Washington DC

Following a markup attended by top industry lobbyists yesterday, a small but dedicated group of House Judiciary Committee members today forced the sponsor of controversial anti-piracy legislation to put off a final committee vote on the bill, possibly until 2012

Committee chairman Lamar Smith of Texas, sponsor of HR-3261, the Stop Online Piracy (SOPA) Act, faced significant delaying tactics from a bipartisan minority of his committee during a two-day markup of the bill. More than 60 amendments were introduced, ensuring...

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