Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Ryan Criticizes Anti-Piracy Legislation Ryan Criticizes Anti-Piracy Legislation

NEXT :
This ad will end in seconds
Close X

Not a member or subscriber? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation

 

Ryan Criticizes Anti-Piracy Legislation

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., officially came out against controversial anti-piracy legislation after weeks of criticism from activists who thought he supported it.

"The internet is one of the most magnificent expressions of freedom and free enterprise in history. It should stay that way," Ryan said in a statement.

He said the House version, the Stop Online Piracy Act, "creates the precedent and possibility for undue regulation, censorship and legal abuse."

Users of the social website Reddit targeted Ryan after mistakenly believing he was a cosponsor of the bill, known as SOPA.

Those users raised thousands of dollars for Ryan's Democratic opponent. In trying to tamp down that controversy in December, a Ryan spokesperson didn't go as far as to say Ryan opposed SOPA.

The legislation, as well as its Senate counterpart, seeks to reduce online piracy and copyright infringement by allowing companies and law enforcement to take more aggressive action against offending websites.

Its sponsor, House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, says criticism is unfounded.

Don't Miss Today's Top Stories

Chock full of usable information on today's issues."

Michael, Executive Director

Concise coverage of everything I wish I had hours to read about."

Chuck, Graduate Student

The day's action in one quick read."

Stacy, Director of Communications

Great way to keep up with Washington"

Ray, Professor of Economics

Sign up form for the newsletter
MORE NATIONAL JOURNAL