SOPA support is waning in the US

Support in Washington for the SOPA anti-piracy bill in Congress (and its Senate equivalent, PIPA), is waning. After weeks of mounting uproar online, Congressional leaders started backpedalling last week and the Obama Administration weighed in on Saturday in response to online petitions to stop the bills.

The White House issued a clear rejection of some of the main principles of SOPA. While the White House supports the major goal of the bills to stop international online piracy, there is a growing chorus of complaints about the way the law is to be implemented.

The White House states: “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.”

According to TechCrunch, “The big problem with SOPA is in the way it is supposed to be enforced, namely by blocking domain-name system (DNS) servers of copyright-infringing websites. But DNS servers are a basic technical component of the Internet (they translate site names like into numerical IP addresses computers can understand better). Once you start messing with DNS, all sorts of unintended problems arise.”

Although the intensions may well be good, making changes to DNS will indeed create problems ongoing for a lot of non-piracy related websites. Is SOPA the way to go about dealing with internet piracy?

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