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6:12 PM, January 18th, 2012

More Politicians Withdraw Support of PIPA and SOPA

More politicians have retracted their support of either or both the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) since Rep. Ben Quayle (R-AZ) and Rep. Lee Terry (R-NB NE), two co-sponsors of SOPA, did so yesterday and this morning

Also one of our intrepid Tumblrers went down to the offices of New York Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to report on the "emergency meet" of New York tech scene. They are both cosponsors of PIPA.

Talking Points Memo reports that Senator John Boozman (R-AK AR), an original cosponsor of the bill, has also withdrawn support for PIPA, posting a note to his Facebook page this afternoon, writing:

I can say, with all honesty, that the feedback I received from Arkansans has been overwhelmingly in opposition to the Senate bill (S.968, the PROTECT IP Act) in its current form. That is why I am announcing today that I intend to withdraw my support for the Protect IP Act.

Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Mark Rubio (R-FL), and Jerry Moran (R-KS), also cosponsors of PIPA, posted their withdrawals to either Facebook or Twitter today as well. Additionally Senators Jeff Markey (D-OR) and Allen West (R-FL) condemned the bill on Twitter. Not to be outdone, Representatives Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Mike Honda (D-CA) blacked out their websites in support.

[via TPM]

See also: Buzzfeed’s 50 Best Statements By Members Of Congress Against SOPA/PIPA

UPDATE: List of PIPA’s 40 cosponsors (guess where I found it)

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