Saturday, January 14, 2012

White House Will Not Support SOPA, PIPA

This is another victory for Occupy Wall Street and other activist groups that have been this proposed legislation. This amoral administration can be forced to do the right thing but we have to keep the pressure on. Next stop: the pipeline, Afghanistan, minimum wage, financial regulation and corporate accountability, money in politics, Bush tax cuts, creating JOBS, etc., etc.:

 Opponents of online piracy regulation bills SOPA and PIPA scored a major victory on Saturday.

The White House has officially responded to two online petitions, "Stop the E-PARASITE Act" and "Veto the SOPA bill and any other future bills that threaten to diminish the free flow of information," which urged the President to reject SOPA and PIPA.

The authors of the statement, Victoria Espinel, Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator at Office of Management and Budget, Aneesh Chopra, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, and Howard Schmidt, Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator for National Security Staff, said that the White House will not support legislation that disrupts the open standards 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 read in part.
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