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House Democrat pulls support for SOPA

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"After listening to them and talking with folks in the district over the weekend, I took another hard look at the bill. While we need to take steps to address online piracy, we must also protect the unique qualities of the Internet.”

Protests last Wednesday lead by sites like Wikipedia, Google and reddit helped rally the public to oppose SOPA and its Senate counterpart the Protect IP Act, which would require search engines and other Web firms to delete links to foreign sites deemed dedicated to copyright infringement.

“I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy," Smith said Friday, reversing his earlier stance that critics' concerns were overblown.

"The House Judiciary Committee will postpone consideration of the legislation until there is wider agreement on a solution."