Obama Says No To SOPA

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This is certainly a win for bloggers like us. Spotted on Bob’s House of Video Games (of all places):

In a coup for people who enjoy the Internet, the Obama administration has thrown its considerable weight into the debate over the Stop Online Piracy Act, and its congressional sibling, the Protect IP Act.

This morning, a post on the White House’s blog denounced the censorship inherent in the bills, and warned against their potentially devastating effects on the infrastructure of the web.

“We must avoid creating new cybersecurity risks or disrupting the underlying architecture of the Internet,” Victoria Espinel, Aneesh Chopra and Howard Schmidt wrote in the post.

House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa also announced this morning that the House of Representatives will wait to vote on SOPA until a consensus is reached, calling the bill “fundamentally flawed.”

This could be the last nail in the coffin for SOPA, a bill that’s meant to curb online piracy but that could also break the Internet as we know it.

The news comes a day after SOPA author, Rep. Lamar Smith, removed the incendiary DNS blocking provision from the bill.

[AtlanticWire / WhiteHouseBlog TheHill / image: ComputerWeekly]

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