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The White House Will Not Support Controversial Internet Piracy Bills SOPA or PIPA

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The internet has been banding together over the last few weeks to fight the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and has just gained a very powerful ally — the White House!

In a statement responding to two petitions against the bills from the House of Representatives and the Senate, the Obama administration officials wrote:

"While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet."

Critics of both bills believe they may grant the government too much regulatory power on the internet which could result in censorship.

Clearly the White House agrees, however, they reiterate that "online piracy is a real problem that harms the American economy" and suggests the debate is far from over, continuing:

"Moving forward, we will continue to work with Congress on a bipartisan basis on legislation that provides new tools needed in the global fight against piracy and counterfeiting, while vigorously defending an open Internet based on the values of free expression, privacy, security and innovation. Again, thank you for taking the time to participate in this important process. We hope you’ll continue to be part of it."

Piracy is bogus, but we'd prefer they stop it in a way that doesn't affect the creativity and free speech of millions of users who do not illegally download movies or music.

Do U support or oppose SOPA and PIPA?

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5 comments to “The White House Will Not Support Controversial Internet Piracy Bills SOPA or PIPA”

  1. 1

    is this going to be another "NDAA" where the president doesn't sign something but a few months later he does "with reservations?"

  2. 2

    There is no way to stop piracy without invading someone's privacy. You can make it harder and try to limit it but at the end of the day, I think most people would be against hefty fines or imprisonment because let's face it, Hollywood and the music industry are still making millions upon millions of dollars. Just like that South Park episode, so what if an artist has to wait a few months before buying a toilet made out of diamonds or to buy a private island. There will always be a way around whatever legislation passes so let's concentrate on more serious issues.

  3. 3

    Yeah and Obama said he wouldn't sign NDAA. Guess what? He Did! If there is money for the politician he will sign anything. We have such a corrupt and ass backwards system. We are no longer the 'land of the free' after NDAA takes effect.

  4. 4

    Piracy is a crime of theft committed against an individual or corporation. Censorship is a crime committed against humanity. As a writer and software programmer I want to be protected from pilferage. As a human being, I require free expression.

    Nothing good can come from government granting police power to corporations with immunity from prosecution for violation of due process.

    That is precisely what SOPA and PIPA does: it allows an ISP to shut down a site that they s u s p e c t of publishing copy written material without authorization.

    If the president does not veto this right wing sponsored and supported Nazism – he will lose my vote in December.

  5. 5

    If he is re elected then he will sign it. He puts off anything that might hurt him politically until after the election.

    You know he is licking his chops at the thought of appointing an internet Czar and regulating it and taxing it somehow. Obama LOVES regulating things and loves big government.