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Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 12/16/2011

House postpones action on Internet piracy bill

This post has been updated since it was originally published.

UPDATE: The House Judiciary Committee confirmed that the debate will resume Wednesday, before Congress adjourns for a holiday break.

Original post:After two days of heavy debate on a House bill aimed at curbing online piracy, the House Judiciary Committee has postponed action on the measure.

Critics of the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA), which calls for traffic from any site hosting pirated content to be redirected, cited the concerns of Web engineers and innovators who’ve said that the measure could damage the architecture of the Internet. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) in particular called for additional hearings on the measure, saying that the committee should hear those concerns.

The measure’s supporters, including the Motion Picture Association of America, have said that such concerns are overstated and point to an amendment by SOPA’s original sponsor, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) that narrowed the proposal and some of its definitions.

Lawmakers will resume the discussion after the holiday break.

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