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The House and Senate bills that would combat content piracy through new powers over on ISPs and websites may be succumbing to growing protests
As major technology websites such as Reddit and Wikipedia prepare to go dark this Wednesday in protest over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives and the similar Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) act in the Senate, there are signs that the protests from the technology industry are causing Congress to rethink the two bills. The bills are supported by the entertainment industry and a variety of business groups whose goods are often counterfeited or pirated. The technology sector — outside of online businesses — has been conflicted, with the Business Software Alliance initially supporting SOPA but then withdrawing that support.