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SOPA may be shelved after denouncement from Obama

The controversial Stop Online Piracy Act that has caused a stir among many video game developers may be shelved without support from the White House, which said it will not support internet censorship.

Frank Cifaldi, Contributor

January 16, 2012

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The White House broke its silence on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act this weekend, saying that it would not support legislation that censored the internet. The act, which many in the game industry have spoken out against, would give the U.S. government and copyright holders the ability to seek court orders to block United States internet users from accessing sites accused of primarily being dedicated to copyright and trademark infringement. In an official statement, White House representatives said that while online piracy is a concern for the economy, it would not support legislation that "reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risks or undermines the dynamic, innovative global internet." Without support from the White House, Congress appears to be shelving the act, with House majority leader Eric Cantor allegedly saying that there would be no vote without a consensus from all governmental bodies. Despite support from the Entertainment Software Association, many video game companies -- some of which are ESA members -- have publicly denounced the act. Congressional hearings on SOPA are still set to take place on Wednesday, though without Obama's support the act is expected to be dropped.

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Frank Cifaldi


Frank Cifaldi is a freelance writer and contributing news editor at Gamasutra. His past credentials include being senior editor at 1UP.com, editorial director and community manager for Turner Broadcasting's GameTap games-on-demand service, and a contributing author to publications that include Edge, Wired, Nintendo Official Magazine UK and GamesIndustry.biz, among others. He can be reached at [email protected].

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