President Obama is reportedly considering appointing one of the biggest supporters of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) as his new Secretary of State and many in the community do not like it. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) represented the Hollywood district in Congress from 1982 until the 2012 election, when he was soundly trounced by a fellow Democrat. He is notorious among open internet activists for his strong support of SOPA. The film industry gave $407,260 to Berman in the past two years prior to his loss.
Activist group Demand Progress jumped on the possibility of Obama appointing Berman, creating a petition against Berman getting the job.
"If the United States really cares about global Internet freedom, there couldn’t be a worse pick for Secretary of State than Berman, who’s repeatedly tried to censor the web at Hollywood’s behest," the group said in a release.