SOPA delayed amidst growing criticism

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The approaching vote on America's controversial SOPA proposals has been delayed until a greater consensus” can be found regarding its implementation.

Representatives from the Republican party admitted that the legislation was flawed” and that further work would be put into SOPA to iron areas of contention before it was put to the vote.

The announcement comes after the ruling Obama administration stated that it would not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk or undermines the dynamic, innovative global internet”.

The main concession involves the removal of the requirement for ISPs to block access to overseas websites accused of hosting copyrighted material.

However, Lamar Smith, the US Representative behind SOPA, has vowed to continue his hunt for a way to allow for the clampdown on foreign websites.