Yesterday Democrat Senate Majority Leader, Senator Harry Reid, senior Senator from Nevada (NV), announced that a vote on the PROTECT IP Act will be postponed. Reid’s press release reads:
Washington, D.C. - Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today on the Senate’s PROTECT I.P. Act:
“In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the PROTECT I.P. Act.
“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.
“I admire the work that Chairman Leahy has put into this bill. I encourage him to continue engaging with all stakeholders to forge a balance between protecting Americans’ intellectual property, and maintaining openness and innovation on the internet. We made good progress through the discussions we’ve held in recent days, and I am optimistic that we can reach a compromise in the coming weeks.”
UPDATE 21 January 2012, 11.18 AM In response to Senator Reid’s announcement, Representative Lamar Smith also announced that the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary will “… postpone consideration of the legislation until there is wider agreement on a solution.”
Reid Statement on Intellectual Property Bill Harry Reid on reid.senate.gov, 20 January 2012.