It seems plenty of US politicians were keeping quiet about their views on the SOPA and PIPA anti-piracy legislation until gauging the level of opposition. Yesterday saw many more reveal their opposition to the bills, following protests earlier this week. TechCrunch reports that on 18 January, 31 members of the US Congress had expressed their opposition to the bills. By yesterday (19 January), that had accelerated to 122 declared opponents. If the current ratios of for/against hold, though, the PIPA bill would pass in the Senate, although not with enough of a margin to prevent President Obama vetoing it, if he chose to do so. Meanwhile, all four remaining candidates in the Republican presidential primaries criticised the legislation last night too. “The law as written is far too intrusive, far too expansive, far too threatening to freedom of speech and movement of information across the Internet,” said favourite Mitt Romney.

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