Changes to Proposed U.S. Internet Anti-Piracy Act Needed, Claims Senator

Having been subject to some severe criticism from netizens all across the country, the senator who earlier introduced the controversial anti online piracy bill is now saying he is no longer in favour of the most notorious parts of the bill.

The bill, dubbed Protect IP Act, was first introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat. It latter enjoyed the backing of over 40 other senators as well as a handful of record companies and other copyright holders.

It was severely criticised by Internet users, many prominent analysts as well as a handful of Web outfits, however.

One of the most controversial sections of the bill was primarily aimed at forcing Internet Service Providers to block users' access to those sites that "promote" online piracy.

The senator is now saying he would like to see that controversial aspect of the bill reviewed.

"This is in fact a highly technical issue, and I am prepared to recommend we give it more study before implementing it," said Leahy in a press release.

"As I prepare a managers' amendment to be considered during the floor debate, I will therefore propose that the positive and negative effects of this provision be studied before implemented," he added.