White House Says It Opposes Parts of Two Antipiracy Bills
Posted in: Government & Policy at 16/01/2012 16:52
The Obama administration said Saturday that it strongly opposed central elements of two Congressional efforts to enforce copyrights on the Internet, all but killing the current versions of legislation that has divided both political parties and pitted Hollywood against Silicon Valley.
The comments by the administration's chief technology officials, posted on a White House blog Saturday, came as growing opposition to the legislation had already led sponsors of the bills to reconsider a measure that would force Internet service providers to block access to Web sites that offer or link to copyrighted material.
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White House casts doubt over anti-piracy legislation
White House officials raised concerns on Saturday about online piracy legislation pending in Congress that Google and Facebook have decried as heavy-handed and Hollywood studios and music labels say is needed to save U.S. jobs.
In a blog posting, three advisers to President Barack Obama said they believed the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act and other bills could make businesses on the Internet vulnerable to litigation and harm legal activity and free speech.
Online Piracy Legislation Outcry Prompts White House Response
Online piracy legislation has caused such an outcry that the White House is now weighing in.
There's no doubt that online piracy bills debated in Congress within the last couple of months -- namely SOPA and PIPA -- have been highly controversial. Now the Obama administration has addressed the contentious issue.