After having a few months to think about it and let things cool down, Protect IP Act (PIPA) co-sponsor Senator Chris Coons (D-Delaware) conceded that SOPA and PIPA "really did pose some risk to the Internet" and that the bills had parts in it that just went too far.
Ars Technica offers a choice quote from the Senator, who tells a story about his son coming to him asking why he wanted to break the Internet and something Justin Bieber had to say about it. You may recall the images depicting what would have happened to the teen heartthrob had he sung those songs (that made him famous and get noticed) on YouTube if an earlier draft of SOPA would have passed (it showed Justin wearing an orange jumpsuit in a jail cell).
Speaking to The Hill, Coons said his sons woke him up and asked "why I wanted to break the Internet and why Justin Bieber thought I should go to jail."
"That was my first warning that we were not communicating effectively," Coons added, but also acknowledged that there were greater problems than communicating the right message. He said that some parts of the more radical SOPA "overreached" and "really did pose some risk to the Internet."
You can read the shifting messages of lawmakers, the MPAA, and the RIAA in the rest of the Ars Technica article. Basically they want to play nice with technology companies by working with them, not against them. Of course they do not realize that there would have been online protests without Google, Facebook and Reddit getting involved.
Source: Ars Technica