Whitehouse Opposes SOPA, Bill Gets Shelved

Most people probably know very little about SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). However, according to Political Animal, everyone can now relax and continue to enjoy their internet freedom.

As per the article:

At issue are two related bills: the Senate’s Protect IP Act and the even more offensive Stop Online Piracy Act in the House, both of which are generated intense opposition from tech giants and First Amendment advocates. The first sign that the bills’ prospects were dwindling came Friday, when SOPA sponsors agreed to drop a key provision that would have required service providers to block access to international sites accused of piracy.

The legislation ran into an even more significant problem yesterday when the White House announced its opposition to the bills. Though the administration’s chief technology officials acknowledged the problem of online privacy, the White House statement presented a fairly detailed critique of the measures and concluded, “We will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.” It added that any proposed legislation “must not tamper with the technical architecture of the Internet.”

With the elections not far away one must think that these bills or versions of a SOPA-type bill will come into play at a later date . For now things should probably remain quiet for the time being.

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