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Obama Administration Would Oppose Legislation Aimed At Online Piracy

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President Barack Obama says that he would oppose a law that sould lead to online censorship.(credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama says that he would oppose a law that sould lead to online censorship.(credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) –The Obama administration says it would oppose pending legislation that would undermine “the dynamic, innovative global internet.”

The White House says in a blog post Saturday that while online piracy by foreign websites presents a “serious problem,” it is concerned with legislation that “reduces freedom of expression, increases cyber-security risk” or acts to undermine the global Internet.

The administration is responding to measures under consideration in Congress that would allow the Justice Department to seek a court order targeting rogue offshore websites.

The White House says efforts to combat online piracy needs to guard against the risk of online censorship of lawful activity. It says the openness of the Internet is critical to innovation and must be protected.

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