In an official response to a pair of petitions against the proposed laws, the White House has outlined what it will and will not support. “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.” The response reflects arguments by the technology industry that SOPA risks disrupting the underlying architecture of the internet, and harming innovation from US startups. The response reaffirms the US administration’s commitment to enforcing intellectual property rights, but adds that “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.” The statement elicited an angry response from Rupert Murdoch on Twitter. “So Obama has thrown in his lot with Silicon Valley paymasters who threaten all software creators with piracy, plain thievery,” he tweeted. Plus: “Piracy leader is Google who streams movies free, sells advts around them. No wonder pouring millions into lobbying.”

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