January 15, 2012
White House: Obama Won't Support Piracy Bill That 'Undermines' Online Freedom
Great news, Hollywood has a potential new adversary in its effort to pass expansive antipiracy legislation: President Obama.
According to ABC News, as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and complementary bills make their way through Congress, the Obama administration responded today to two online petitions regarding the measures. The petitions, each of which had been signed by more than 51,000 people as of press time, were filed through the White House’s “We the People” online initiative.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that a message posted on a White House blog on Saturday says that the Obama administration acknowledges the threat that foreign websites pose but it “will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.”
The White House's message Saturday comes in response to online petitions cirticizing the proposed law.
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