In a response to online petitions on legislative proposals to combat online piracy, three officials from White House Admin, Aneesh Chopra, Victoria Espinel and Howard Schmidt have denied to fight against online piracy if it encourages censorship or disrupts the structure of the Internet.
Freedom of expression is the sheer beauty of internet, once curbed there will remain no charm on internet for an average user and no charm means no progress by internet companies to boos the technology industry.
Lamar Smith also announced on January 13 that he would remove a provision from SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) which requires ISPs to block access to non-U.S. websites offering pirated contents or fake products, when ordered by the court.
SOPA is said to be “fundamentally flawed”, and the bill cannot be presented in the Congress until the consensus.
However, Google, Facebook and other Internet companies are highly opposing such negative decision in the Senate, as it could probably promote online censorship and threaten the growth of the U.S. technology industry.
The situation in hand is not very easy if we talk about Google and Facebook specifically as both internet giants are facing harsh time regarding censorship in India as well.