SOPA piracy vote delayed as EU digital boss speaks out in opposition

Neelie Kros
Neelie Kros

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has officially been put on hold after the US House Judiciary Committee has issued a statement declaring that it will “postpone consideration of the legislation until there is wider agreement on a solution”.

The decision comes after a global protest last week, with many websites taking their services offline to highlight their opposition to the proposed laws.

Neelie Kros

Neelie Kroes, VP of the European Commission and the woman responsible for the digital agenda for Europe, also lent her voice to the anti-SOPA movement on Twitter.

Kroes described the proposed US anti-piracy laws as “bad legislation” and like “speed bumps on the motorway” in two recent Tweets.

She declared: “Glad tide is turning on #SOPA: don’t need bad legislation when should be safeguarding benefits of open net,” adding: “Speeding is illegal too: but you don’t put speed bumps on the motorway #SOPA”.

US representative Lamar Smith said on Friday: “It 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.”

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