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White House “Will not support” current iteration of SOPA; controversial legislation put on hold

The Stop Online Piracy Act, aka SOPA, will not go to a vote this week as originally intended. The Act was to go before the Senate this Wednesday; following widely-voiced public opposition to the legislation, the Obama Administration issued a statement over the weekend expressing concern at some of the legislation's tenets. Voting on the Act was postponed today, with representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) saying he was “confident that flawed legislation will not be taken up by this House.”

The White House's statement affirmed some of the reasoning behind SOPA, stating that “online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response.” However, the Administration also affirmed the value of an “open internet based on the values of free expression, privacy, security and innovation,” saying it wouldn't support legislation which threatened these principles.

The statement comes on the heels of an outpouring of public opposition to SOPA. While the Entertainment Software Association has endorsed the Act, companies including Mojang, Good Old Games and Epic have distanced themselves from the legislation, with even the likes of Sony and Nintendo removing their names from the list of supporters. Come Wednesday 18, a lengthy list of websites and software companies will be staging an online “blackout” to raise awareness of the Act, with Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales warning that “SOPA is far from dead – just dormant.”

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13 comments

  • Claymore65 - January 17, 2012 7:19 a.m.

    I'm happy this version gets shut down, but I hope eventually something gets done about piracy. Its a serious issue for many developers. Piracy needs to be explained as stealing not "getting something for free". Too many of my friends call it getting a game for free not, stealing them. Overall, SOPA should be seirously modified, but a new, more lenient version should also be created.
  • CitizenThom - January 17, 2012 7:38 p.m.

    My only argument against pirating is simple... they're a good way to screw up your system and have no one to hold accountable but yourself. Internet censorship is not the answer though. Granted, neither are the endless user agreements, with an infinite number of addendums.
  • TheMagnificentManCooker - January 16, 2012 7:48 p.m.

    Don't forget PIPA.. That would suck
  • CitizenThom - January 16, 2012 7:32 p.m.

    Translation: Obama knows he doesn't have a snowball's chance if he alienates the young folk... so he will wait to see how the election turns out before he sics Napolitano on all of us lowly plebes...
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - January 16, 2012 7:57 p.m.

    He has to completely dismantle the military first.
  • winner2 - January 16, 2012 7 p.m.

    Nintendo, and Sony too? Some big names are getting a move on it seems
  • comaqi - January 16, 2012 6:25 p.m.

    Can gamesradar please do a blackout tomorrow?
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - January 16, 2012 6:21 p.m.

    It seems SOPA would do more harm than good. I mean, there's gotta be a better way of stopping piracy.
  • D0CCON - January 16, 2012 6:30 p.m.

    That's a nice bandaid. I'd still like to see what happens if this were tried in the real world instead of the cyber world. There are terrorists, therefore we shall blow up the entire planet and all of its inhabitants to kill those terrorists. Sure, there won't be anything left, but the main goal was accomplished.
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - January 16, 2012 7:56 p.m.

    That's a poor equivalent. It's more like if we had a national policy for execution, and every crime qualified for it. In a perfect world, I'd love to see something like this pass, but as it stands, I'd fear for even my own petty little site.
  • Primed - January 16, 2012 6:12 p.m.

    As soon as word came out that all the free naked people sites would come down too Congress immediately dropped the bill.
  • Cyberninja - January 16, 2012 6:07 p.m.

    at least were making progress with getting this killed off

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