What does the Presidents stance against DNS-blocking mean for SOPA's chance of becoming law?
becker 2 years ago
As indicated by my earlier question on this topic, I have deep concerns about the potential effects of SOPA. President Obama came out against SOPA in its current form over the weekend, in particular expressing opposition to DNS blocking provisions of the proposed bill. While not coming out and threatening a veto, that was the vibe I got from the statement. Apparently the level of opposition was strong enough to infuriate Rupert Murdoch, who supports SOPA and accused Obama of doing the bidding of "Silicon Valley paymasters" such as "piracy leader...Google who streams movies free." So you have the President on one hand, and the head of a powerful media empire on the other in this debate.
I'm happy to see opposition does not depend on party lines; Darrel Issa (R-CA), best known as the "Step away from the car!" voice of Viper alarms, has gone to the plate to oppose SOPA as well. I'm starting to breathe a little easier about the chances of the kill-the-internet-as-we-know-it bill becoming law. Am I just being optimistic, or has the growing opposition put the brakes on this wretched bill in its current form?
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