The first of many requested ammendments has been made to the SOPA bill thanks to White House grumblings, leaving many opponents of the act quite pleased.
The change came after the Obama administration voiced its concerns with the Domain Name System blocking portion of the bill. An official memo on the subject read: “Proposed laws must not tamper with the technical architecture of the internet through manipulation of the Domain Name System (DNS), a foundation of internet security.”
“Our analysis of the DNS filtering provisions in some proposed legislation suggests that they pose a real risk to cybersecurity and yet leave contraband goods and services accessible online.”
The DNS blocking portion of SOPA would have allowed companies to lobby ISPs to strike websites from the internet without consultation with the accused. This could have been massively abused and its removal from the bill was a key point for SOPA opponents.
The US house of census is currently trying to reach an agreement over whether to pass the bill in its current state, or continue to make ammendments. This first one is a big turn out for opponents of SOPA, with many hoping that it’s the turning of the tide.
“After consultation with industry groups across the country, I feel we should remove Domain Name System blocking from the Stop Online Piracy Act so that the Committee can further examine the issues surrounding this provision,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith.
“We will continue to look for ways to ensure that foreign websites cannot sell and distribute illegal content to U.S. consumers.”
While the media and pharmaceutical industries have backed the Stop Online Piracy Act, lobbyists on the other side have been growing in number. Google, Facebook and many other large online conglomerates have voiced their distaste at the bill. Hacking group Anonymous also pledged to attack those that sponsored SOPA, which was shortly followed by Nintendo, EA Games and Sony retracting their support.