Obama Doesn't Back SOPA

Date: January 15, 2012

While the Internet community—companies and consumers—came together last month to fight the Stop Online Piracy Act, the world patiently waited for President Obama to give his stance on the controversial bill. That day came on January 15 when the Obama Administration took to its blog and delivered a vague address in which it said it would not support any bill that "reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet." It wasn't a complete repudiation, nor was it an endorsement. The Administration said it believed the copyright holders and Internet companies needed to sit down and figure out a solution. We'll take that as a win.