Printed from http://www.electronista.com

European Commission VP attacks SOPA

updated 05:05 pm EST, Fri January 20, 2012

Neelie Kroes Twits against SOPA bill

The latest to speak out against the controversial SOPA and PIPA bills is European Union Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes. "Glad tide is turning on SOPA: don't need bad legislation when should be safeguarding benefits of open net," she wrote in a Twitter message. The legislation, if passed, would give the US Justice Department to shut down sites simply suspected of sharing pirated content.

While Kroes admits online piracy is a problem and needs to be stemmed, she believes SOPA is a step too far, as it restricts Internet freedom. She went on to compare SOPA to putting speed bumps on a motorway in order to reduce speeding. She also asked her 32,000 Twitter followers to comment on the shutdown of Megaupload.com. The comments are uncharacteristic, as politicians on the two continents don't usually publicly criticize each other's policies or moves.

A spokesperson for the politician went on to say the EU is working on overhauling its existing rules for intellectual property rights to make it easier to obtain rights to distribute content online legally.

Kroes made a name for herself by imposing large antitrust fines against Microsoft.

[via AP]



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Asus Chromebook C300

When Chromebooks hit the market back in 2011, consumers didn't know what to do with them. The low-cost laptops, powered by Google's Ch ...

Plantronics BackBeat Pro Bluetooth headphones

Looking for a pair of headphones that can do everything a user requires is a task that can take some study. Trying to decide on in-ear ...

Lemur BlueDriver

"Oh no, the check engine light is on…again! What one of the hundreds of reasons could it be this time? Probably going to cost a fort ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News