Well this is hardly a surprise given the trial balloons
floated on Wednesday and Senator Leahy's announcement yesterday
, but Rep. Lamar Smith has now said that, like Leahy, he wants to delay the implementation of DNS blocking within SOPA until it's been "studied." According to a press release:
"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."
Once again... the devil is very much in the details. And, to be honest, Smith technically "removed DNS blocking" from SOPA already
. It no longer requires DNS blocking, but merely "reasonable measures" to block access to sites. So, it's not even entirely clear what he means here. Does he mean he'll remove site blocking
? Or is he really leaving the document alone since it doesn't have DNS? Either way, it seems clear that the real plan here is to try to delay the controversial part until it's been "studied" and then implement it later...