White House position on Internet regulation laws.

Posted: January 15, 2012 in Gaming/Tech in Politics
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Appearing on Slashdot as a new headline was the White House’s official response regarding Internet regulation bills.

White House on SOPA/PIPA/OPEN responded today to two petitions with a statement titled ‘Combating Online Piracy while Protecting an Open and Innovative Internet. They note that ‘We must avoid creating new cyber security risks or disrupting the underlying architecture of the Internet.’ In particular, they cite manipulation of DNS as problematic. But overall the statement is clearly supportive of anti-piracy efforts and lays down this challenge: ‘So, rather than just look at how legislation can be stopped, ask yourself: Where do we go from here? Don’t limit your opinion to what’s the wrong thing to do, ask yourself what’s right.’ So, what’s right?
Pulling directly from three important spots in the letter, the White House puts down its official standing. “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.” Victoria Espinel, Aneesh Chopra and Howard Schmidt said about the E-Parasite bill, “We must avoid creating new cyber security risks or disrupting the underlying architecture of the Internet. 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.”
Original article can be found on White House.gov.

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