Online protests today against the Stop On-line Piracy Act in the House and the Senate's Protect Intellectual Property Act appear to be having an effect. Several lawmakers announced that they are backing away from their support. The White House had earlier distanced President Obama from the provisions that activists say threatens free speech on the Internet and the very existence of the networks of websites that millions of Americans use every day. Google, Wikipedia and hundreds of other websites either posted symbolic protests or went dark for the day.
Update: Official Hollywood, meanwhile, strongly supports the acts and Obama's new resistance could cost him some campaign condtributions, the LAT says.
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