By Associated Press
WASHINGTON â€” The Obama administration raised concerns Saturday about efforts in Congress that it said would undermine â€œthe dynamic, innovative global Internet,â€ urging lawmakers to approve measures this year that balance the need to fight piracy and counterfeiting against an open Internet.
White House officials said in a blog post that it would not support pending legislation that â€œreduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity riskâ€ or undermines the global Internet, cautioning the measure could discourage innovation and startup businesses.
â€œAny effort to combat online piracy must guard against the risk of online censorship of lawful activity and must not inhibit innovation by our dynamic businesses large and small,â€ the White House said.
The administration was responding to measures that would allow the Justice Department to target offshore websites â€” through Internet service providers â€” that offer illegal copies of music, movies and television shows online. The Senate is expected to consider similar legislation later this month.
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