One of the major elements in the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) legislation is DNS blocking. It was removed by one of its key sponsors, Rep. Lamar Smith pending further study.
In a statement on his official website, “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,”
The legislation will still allow the government to track and block overseas transactions related to illegal sites and requires search engines to block those websites from showing up on search results.
This caused Rep. Darrel Issa’s plans to call a hearing with DNS experts.