Yesterday, author of the controversial Stop Online Piracy or SOPA
legislation Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) released a statement
announcing his intention to remove the DNS blocking portion of the bill.
“After consultation with industry groups across the country, I feel we should remove Domain Name System blocking from the Stop Online Piracy Act so that the Committee can further examine the issues surrounding this provision. We will continue to look for ways to ensure that foreign websites cannot sell and distribute illegal content to U.S. consumers."