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SOPA To Be Shelved After White House Denouncement?

Josh Clark
Barack Obama, News, Piracy, SOPA Dropped, White House

SOPA To Be Shelved After White House Denouncement?

The White House has made its first official response to the controversial 'Stop Online Piracy Act', deeming it an "inhibition of innovation", and something that, in its current state at least, they "will not support".  This comes just a day before a proposed 'blackout', scheduled for tomorrow morning, that will see influential sites like Reddit, the English version of Wikipedia, and Mozilla all replacing content with anti-SOPA messages.

Wikipedia issued a press release to confirm that "in an unprecedented decision, the Wikipedia community has chosen to blackout the English version of Wikipedia for 24 hours, in protest against proposed legislation in the United States".  Founder Jimmy Wales took to Twitter to rally support:  "I hope Wikipedia will melt phone systems in Washington on Wednesday. Tell everyone you know!"

Not everyone has been so supportive of the protests though.  When asked whether he and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg would have the "cojones" to follow Wikipedia's example, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo replied: ""That's just silly. Closing a global business in reaction to single-issue national politics is foolish".

Congressional hearings on SOPA are still scheduled to go ahead tomorrow, but it is thought that without the support of the White House, the proposal will likely be dropped.

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