MPAA chief still wants action on piracy

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Other supporters of SOPA and PIPA were less positive about the decision to delay the legislation; PIPA had been scheduled for a cloture vote in the Senate on Tuesday. Both bills now appear to lack the support needed to pass Congress as currently written.

“I understand and respect Majority Leader [Harry] Reid’s [D-Nev.] decision to seek consent to vitiate cloture on the motion to proceed to the Protect IP Act," said Senate Judiciary chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyOvernight Energy: EPA declines to write new rule for toxic spills | Senate blocks move to stop Obama water rule | EPA bought 'tactical' pants and polos Senate panel advances three spending bills FBI has no excuse to hide future scandals from American public MORE (D-Vt.).

"But the day will come when the senators who forced this move will look back and realize they made a knee-jerk reaction to a monumental problem."

Privacy advocates and tech industry groups cheered the announcement, which was the culmination of a weeks-long campaign waged against the bill online.

"Sen. Reid made the right decision in postponing next week's vote on PIPA. It's time for a hard reset on this issue. We need a thoughtful and substantive process that includes all Internet stakeholders," Center for Democracy and Technology president Leslie Harris said.

“Those who value and appreciate the Internet can breathe a little easier today," Computer and Communications Industry Association president Ed Black said. “Millions of Internet users let it be known that their rights and use of the Internet should not be easily tampered with, and Congress has wisely signaled it has heard their concerns.