At this rate, the "Stop Online Piracy Act" isn't going to be passed any time soon.
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Four hours into the second hearing on the controversial anti-piracy bill, the bill's primary architect and the hearing's leader, House Judiciary Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) admitted temporary defeat, calling a recess at just before 2 pm ET.
At that point, only the first four of about 60 amendments to SOPA had been debated, and only two accepted by lawmakers, including the one Smith himself introduced that would narrow the definitions of websites that could be blocked under the bill. If this pace continues, the markup hearing will last several days.