A test vote in the US Congress next week on a bill to fight online piracy and counterfeiting has been postponed.
The protests included blackouts by Wikipedia this week and a petition by Google that generated more than seven million signatures.
The announcement to postpone the PIPA bill came from US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The Protect Intellectual Property Act, or PIPA for short - is aimed at curbing access to overseas websites that traffic in pirated content and counterfeit products, such as movies and music.
Support for the Senate bill, and a similar one in the House known as SOPA, or Stop Online Piracy Act, has eroded in recent days because of fears that legitimate websites could end up in legal jeopardy.
At least a half-dozen senators who sponsored the measure now say they oppose it.
Reid says he is optimistic about reaching a compromise that protects Americans' intellectual property and maintains openness and innovation on the internet.
Read E&T's analysis on the US anti-piracy bills.