The White House • In an official response to the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT-IP, written by three officials with key views on the law: Intellectual property czar Victoria Espinel, US Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and Special Assistant to the President Howard Schmidt. Another key line: “We must avoid creating new cybersecurity risks or disrupting the underlying architecture of the Internet.” It sounds like Obama wouldn’t sign either law in its current form, though he’d be open to changes. The official response was written in reaction to an online petition in the White House’s “We the People” section. Read the whole thing over this-a-way. (via shortformblog)
This is nice to hear, but it’s easy to say you’re pro-freedom and then vote for a restrictive law. Lamar Smith, SOPA’s legislative architect and primary booster in Washington, would tell you that he doesn’t support legislation that does any of those things, either.
The full statement makes it explicit that the White House will not support any bill that tampers with DNS, but lays down no other actual specifics. It’s entirely possible for the administration to turn around and sign SOPA as it exists now (with the DNS filters stripped out) and say “It’s a great day for freedom.”
This is progress, but it’s measured progress.