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Paul Ryan Against SOPA

Rep. Paul Ryan, one of the most influential members of the House of Representatives, appears to have bowed to a campaign started at Reddit.com opposing the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act.
Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican who was talked about last summer as a potential GOP presidential candidate and who delivered his party’s response to President Obama’s last State of the Union address, said today that he would vote against SOPA on the House floor.

Support for and opposition to SOPA and its Senate counterpart, Protect IP, doesnt follow traditional party lines. The conservative Heritage Foundation has joined the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation in expressing concerns about granting government the power to deliver an Internet death penalty to allegedly piratical Web sites. See CNETs FAQ on SOPA.Todays statement from Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget committee who toured SOPA-hating Silicon Valley in September, says:The Internet is one of the most magnificent expressions of freedom and free enterprise in history. It should stay that way. While H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act, attempts to address a legitimate problem, I believe it creates the precedent and possibility for undue regulation, censorship and legal abuse. I do not support H.R. 3261 in its current form and will oppose the legislation should it come before the full House.

via Paul Ryan turns against SOPA following a Reddit-based attack | Privacy Inc. – CNET News.

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