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Ars Technica reports that 16 members of the US Senate - nearly all of them Republicans - have publicly announced their opposition to the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) after yesterday's online protest against PIPA/SOPA.
The list includes six of the bill's 11 co-sponsors: Roy Blunt, John Boozman, Ben Cardin, Orrin Hatch, Marco Rubio and David Vitter.
Overall, 36 Senators oppose the bill or lean toward opposition. 31 Senators - 23 of them Democrats - still support the bill, and the remaining 31 have not yet publicly taken a position.
|Source: OpenCongress PIPA Whip Count|
According to Google, 4.5 million people signed its petition telling Congress: "Don't censor the Web".
The Wikimedia Foundation reports that the English language Wikipedia blackout reached over 162 million people:
You shut down Congress's switchboards. You melted their servers. From all around the world your messages dominated social media and the news. Millions of people have spoken in defense of a free and open Internet.
Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, who opposes PIPA, said that his website temporarily shut down under the weight of incoming traffic.
Yesterday, twitter noted that users posted over 2.4 million tweets yesterday about SOPA, PIPA and the blackout.
Update: Senator Harry Reid, the author of PIPA, has just announced that he is postponing a vote on the bill:
In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday's vote on the PROTECT IP Act #PIPA
The Senate was scheduled to vote on the bill this coming Tuesday, January 24, 2012.
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