On Wednesday, protestors of PIPA and SOPA held an unprecedented Internet "strike." Thousands of websites, including prominent ones such as Google, Wikipedia, Reddit, and WordPress, joined the protest. Over the past few days, millions of people have sent in emails and made phone calls to their local representatives to register their concerns.
The pressure appears to be working. Over the last few days, support for both bills has eroded. In the House, those opposed to SOPA now outnumber those supporting the bills by a margin of close to 2 to 1. According to a tally maintained by ProPublic.org, 63 lawmakers now support SOPA, and 122 oppose it.
PIPA still enjoys majority support in the Senate, but that support appears to be dwindling as well. Over the past few days, more than a dozen Senators have withdrawn their backing for the bill. According to ProPublica, 37 senators now support the bill while 22 oppose it and another six are leaning no. The position of the remaining 35 senators remains unknown.
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