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Three officials from the Obama administration articulated the White House's position on proposed anti-piracy legislation, balancing the need for strong antipiracy measures while respecting both freedom of expression and the way information and ideas are share on the Internet.
The statement, which was made in response to a pair of polls drafted through the White House's official site, was released yesterday.
"Right now, Congress is debating a few pieces of legislation concerning the very real issue of online piracy, including the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the PROTECT IP Act and the Online Protection and Digital ENforcement Act (OPEN). We want to take this opportunity to tell you what the Administration will support—and what we will not support. Any effective legislation should reflect a wide range of stakeholders, including everyone from content creators to the engineers that build and maintain the infrastructure of the Internet."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."
The statement then urges private parties to come up with their own ways to prevent piracy, via voluntary measures.
"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
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Maybe before SOPA hits pirates will game to their senses...then they wont have to pass that law. lol....ok I apologize trolling.
At least some people in congress are working towards fixing this. I just wish the others would see how much freedom would be taken away if something like SOPA passes without reforming.
My first thought from seeing the title was Pipo.
They also supposedly didn't support the National Defense Authorization Act, but they passed that anyway. This bill needs to be killed not modified.
I hope this works. Freedom of expression is the basis of this country and should not be violated under any terms. I do not support piracy of any kind, nor do I do it. It is theft and it will hurt the gaming industry. I LOVE gaming and will always be a gamer.