White House Opposes SOPA, Calls for Voluntary Measures


In a preview of who stands where on the Stop Online Piracy Act, better known as SOPA, the White House today weighed in on what is certain to be a significant national debate.

The bottom line: The Obama administration officially said it would oppose any pending legislation that would "undermine the dynamic, innovative global Internet."

In a blog post written today, Aneesh Chopra, the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, along with staffers from the National Security Council and the Office of Management and Budget outlined what the White House would support and what it would 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."

Instead, the Obama administration is calling for "all private parties, including both content creators and Internet platform providers" to craft voluntary measures and best practices to reduce online piracy.