As members of Congress withdraw support of the contentious Stop Online Piracy Act, the Obama administration issued a statement on the bill Jan. 14.


Written by Aneesh Chopra, Victoria Espinel and Howard Schmidt, it offers little in the way of specifics but stresses the importance of fighting piracy without harming Web security, innovation or freedom of speech. The statement asks for new, narrower legislation that prevents abuse.


“Any provision covering Internet intermediaries such as online advertising networks, payment processors, or search engines must be transparent and designed to prevent overly broad private rights of action that could encourage unjustified litigation that could discourage startup businesses and innovative firms from growing,” the statement said.


Some legislators either don't know or don't care about the details.


Though specifics were scarce, the statement did address one topic in particular: DNS filtering. This would allow the U.S. government to block citizens’ access to sites deemed likely to encourage piracy. Prior to the statement, DNS filtering had become less controversial. The bill’s sponsor, Lamar Smith (R, TX) said DNS filtering would be removed from the bill.


Along with various political advocacy groups, publishers and developers have been divided in their support. Bungie, Riot Games and Mojang AB have denounced SOPA, while the Entertainment Software Association has supported it. SOPA’s proponents argue that it protects copyrighted material from piracy, while its opponents consider it a violation of the right to free speech and ultimately damaging to legitimate content.


SOPA has yet to reach a vote, so check back for updates in the coming weeks.



Aaron Kinney, NoobFeed

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  • this is bogus.  I am ashamed to call myself an American because of this idiot.  You really want to stop piracy?  Then you lower the cost of the things you want to download. 

    Posted Jan 17, 2012

  • According to SOPA, youtube is illegal. lol. This bill will NEVER pass.

    Posted Jan 20, 2012

  • It's a war agasint the internet :D

    Posted Jan 26, 2012

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