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Obama administration says it won’t support SOPA

White House says proposed online piracy legislation is too tough on businesses

Technology companies and Internet businesses breathed a sigh of relief on Saturday when the White House issued a statement saying it wouldn’t support Congress’ controversial proposed online piracy legislation.

Three of President Obama’s advisers, including White House cyber-security czar Howard Schmidt, said in the statement that the House of Representatives’ proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and other similar bills are too heavy-handed and could make legitimate Internet businesses vulnerable to litigation. They also said the bills could harm free speech.

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