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US net piracy bill vote postponed

A test vote in the US Congress next week on a bill to fight online piracy and counterfeiting has been postponed after protest from internet companies and search engines who fear over-regulation and censorship.

The announcement came from US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The protests included a blackout by Wikipedia this week and a petition by Google that generated more than seven million signatures.

Now at least a half-dozen senators who sponsored the measure say they oppose it.

Mr Reid said he is optimistic about reaching a compromise that protects Americans' intellectual property and maintains openness and innovation on the internet.

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