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Timeline of PIPA and SOPA

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The following is a timeline of events for the Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act.

Pre-PIPA and SOPAEdit






  • May 12—Senator Patrick Leahy introduces the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the United States Senate.
  • May 26—PIPA is unanimously voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee; Senator Ron Wyden places a hold on the legislation, preventing it from receiving a floor vote.



  • November 16—the House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing to examine issues surrounding SOPA and to consider the legislation.


  • December 15—SOPA underwent the markup process by the House Judiciary Committee, which allowed committee members to debate and alter the legislation. 20 amendments were rejected, including an amendment by Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) to limit the scope of the bill. The committee adjourned and will continue to debate the bill after winter recess.



  • Rep. Issa's amendment was rejected in a 22-12 vote, suggesting strong support for SOPA by the Judiciary Committee and a good chance of being successfully voted out of committee.
  • January 18— Wikipedia, Reddit, numerous Wikias blackout their websites for the day in protest; millions sign petitions and e-mail and call their Congresspersons.
  • January 19th— 'Hacktivist' group Anonymous begins hacking government and media websites in response to a federal takedown of earlier that day
  • January 20— Congressmen shelve SOPA and PIPA indefinitely.

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