White House Won’t Support SOPA

    US President Barack Obama addresses a campaign event at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, on January 11, 2012. Obama sought to strike an implicit contrast with his most likely general election foe Mitt Romney, imploring big businesses to bring home US jobs outsourced overseas. White House officials insist that Obama has not yet started to focus on his bid for a second term in November, but is instead concentrating every day on his job, which he sees as reviving the economy and cutting unemployment. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The White House plunged into the anti-piracy debate Saturday by releasing a blog post saying it will oppose any bill that would make it easier for the federal government to censor the Internet. However, the post didn’t address SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) or PIPA (Protect IP Act), aimed at ending the pirating of movies, music, and other goods. The bills present a difficult situation for Obama: many of his supporters in Hollywood and the tech world have strong feelings on both sides of the debate. This is, perhaps, why the administration doesn't flatly say it will reject the bill.

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