TECH WARS

Senators Consider PIPA Changes

Two powerful senators said Thursday they are considering changing a massively unpopular bill aimed at stopping online piracy. Sens. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Jon Kyl of Arizona are reaching across the aisle to make the bill, known as Protect IP Address, more palatable by cutting search-result blocking from the act. PIPA and its House equivalent, Stop Online Piracy Act, were the subject of protests Wednesday that pressured senators to reverse their position on the bills—which a number of cosponsors, including Florida’s Marco Rubio and Utah’s Orrin Hatch, did late in the day.