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The Week That Killed SOPA: A Timeline

22.01.2012 09:59 EST
Ladies and gentleman, bid farewell to the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act. They’re both being tabledand sent to legislative limbo. How did that happen when justa few days ago it seemed like debates about the bills only existed online?
Join us for a trip through time as we examine just how SOPA and PIPA were taken down.
First, some background: SOPA and PIPA were both billed as anti-piracy bills, designed to combat digital copyright theft. Detractors argued that the twin pieces of legislation woulddo more harm than good, destabilizing the Internet and stifling online freedom of speech.
By the mid-November, the legislation was opposed by such tech heavyweights as AOL, eBay, Facebook , Google , LinkedIn , Mozilla, Twitter , Yahoo and Zynga. Fast forward to last week when things really got interesting:

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