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President Obama Opposes SOPA, PIPA

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

January 18, 2012

Forbes reports on the Obama administration's opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). A White House release said, "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." Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, postponed a hearing that would have brought in cybersecurity experts and Internet entrepreneurs because he felt, according to The Miami Herald, that lawmakers have begun taking note of the bill's opponents. Issa said, "Much more education for members of Congress about the workings of the Internet is essential if antipiracy legislation is to be workable and achieve broad appeal."
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