“More government intervention is not the answer here”


said Alexis Ohanian, about the Stop Online Piracy Act, in a Bloomberg Television video interview. He warns of unintended consequences; the headline says, “Congress Is Going to Obliterate an Entire Tech Industry.”

Reports say the bill comes up for a Senate vote on January 24. A special House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the legislation is set for January 18, with Ohanian – a founder of social media site Reddit – as one of the witnesses.

On Sunroom Desk’s upload portal, WordPress, whose software powers this and millions of other blogs and websites, announced today that it is against the legislation (joining Google, Facebook, Yahoo, LinkedIn, and a bunch of other sites I use), citing the countless numbers of independent publishers and social media users threatened by the bill’s scope.

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