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SOPA, PIPA Shelved by US Congress

It has only been a few days since Web giants like Google and Wikipedia officially lodged their protest against the supposedly anti online piracy laws - Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) - and the US lawmakers are already on the back-foot regarding the infamous legislation.

According to new and confirmed reports, the US Congress is going to shelve both SOPA and PIPA in the wake of all the strong protests lodged by Internet users, as well as Web outfits such as Google, Wikipedia, Facebook and thousands of others.

Various email campaigns, print as well as television ads, and even a Times Square billboard, protesting against the proposed anti-piracy laws have been afloat. At least 7,000 websites, including Wikipedia went offline for 24 hours last week to convey their sheer displeasure against SOPA and PIPA.

"I have heard from the critics, and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy," Rep. Lamar Smith said in a statement, Inquirer reports.

"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," he added.