White House Questions SOPA, PIPA

The White House has finally responded to a petition submitted by citizens expressing everything from concern to outright opposition to both SOPA and PIPA. Today the official web site for the White House has a rather lengthy post on these bills. The short story is that it seems like good news for those who oppose these bills in their current forms. From the Whitehouse.gov site:

"Thanks for taking the time to sign this petition. Both your words and actions illustrate the importance of maintaining an open and democratic Internet.

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."

Below we have posted what the administration has highlighted in its response to the petitions. These highlights are important because they explain what the administration's position is on these bills in great detail:


  • Any effort to combat online piracy must guard against the risk of online censorship of lawful activity and must not inhibit innovation by our dynamic businesses large and small.
  • We must avoid creating new cybersecurity risks or disrupting the underlying architecture of the Internet.
  • That is why the Administration calls on all sides to work together to pass sound legislation this year that provides prosecutors and rights holders new legal tools to combat online piracy originating beyond U.S. borders while staying true to the principles outlined above in this response. We should never let criminals hide behind a hollow embrace of legitimate American values.
  • We expect and encourage all private parties, including both content creators and Internet platform providers working together, to adopt voluntary measures and best practices to reduce online piracy.


The response was written by Victoria Espinel, Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator at Office of Management and Budget; Aneesh Chopra, U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President and Associate Director for Technology at the Office of Science and Technology Policy; and Howard Schmidt, Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator for National Security Staff.

Read the entire thing here.

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    tallimar says:

    i hope im not the only one that noticed how there's no mention at all about taking into consideration what the general public wants as well.  guess i shouldnt be surprised though.

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    ZippyDSMlee says:



    You mean don't pay for "their" stuff, it comes down to that forget fair use and everything else under the sun the only thing they care about is stopping the flow of information to ensure they get more money. Think outside the box or god kills a fully kitten 😛

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    DorthLous says:

    AE, I know you're joking (I've been around the site for a while), but I reply to you in consideration of a third party reader. Also, I'd like to get in touch with you, should I send you a message to your youtube account or do you have another preferred way of contact? (or do you not want me to get in contact with you :S )

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    Andrew Eisen says:

    Oh for the love of cute, fluffy kittens, can't even make a damn joke.  Here:

    "Don't pirate their stuff and they will.




    Andrew Eisen

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    ZippyDSMlee says:


    Even more simply don't treat IP/copy right the same way you treat physical item theft and focus on whose trying to make money off its flow rather than treat information as a limited physical item.

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    DorthLous says:

    No good. First off, how many time will we need to go over stealing versus copyright infringement? You want to know when it becomes crucial to differentiate? When it is no longer the same country. You want to treat as stealing, you deal with it, but plenty of other countries have a different opinion on the subject and the US of A have no authority over the current internet. It originated from the US, certainly, but it's a technology now deployed worldwide and intertwined. While maintaining a proper internet without the US would be harder, it would not be impossible by a long shot.

    If some US product suffers from a copyright infringement, then that US product crossed either a physical border or a virtual border at some point. Want to argue it's a crime? Deal with the country's respective courts to try and extradite the people responsible. DO NOT come and police others. If you think a country is full of thieves, you're welcome to make an embargo with them and attempt to convince others to do the same. Their .*** extensions are still theirs, so leave it alone.

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    DorthLous says:

    What… is… wrong… with… them?!! Leave sovereign soils ALONE! You want to police the border? Fine! You want to go after your own citizen that share or download or whatever? FINE! Deal with your citizen and your land. Leave us the f*** alone.

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