Honestly, I’m more than surprised at this political move. In American politics, lobbyists hold a great deal of power over the Legislative Branch. Moreover, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) carries a big stick up there with the rest of them. Despite the fact that the MPAA is deeply woven in the film industry elite, including actors, director, writers and producers who showed heavy support for Obama in the 2008 election, the President still came out against the bill. It’s a victory to say the least for those against the draconian measures that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) insisted on implementing to protect the distribution rights of the entertainment industry.
But let’s be honest with ourselves for a minute: YouTube, DailyMotion (or what’s left of it), The Pirate Bay and plenty of other monitored/legal-battlefield sites have already felt the heat for copyright infringements, and’ll continue to do so. Nevertheless, ordering search engines like Google to shut off American access to certain sites on the Internet seems to be a little Orwellian, and certainly not American. Freedom has and will always be an American mantra. Good move Obama.
More on the President’s take on SOPA here.