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This article was published on January 6, 2012


Al Gore says SOPA threatens that thing he invented [video]

Al Gore says SOPA threatens that thing he invented [video] Image by: Tommaso Tani
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During a speech last night, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore made his feelings known about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). During a question and answer session with the audience, Gore said:

In our world today there is hardly anything more important than to save and protect the vibrancy and freedom of the Internet.

The Internet is bringing life back to democracy.

We’re glad that Al Gore is against the act the endangers sites allowing content to be posted by users. He did invent the Internet, after all. Ok, he didn’t actually invent the Internet, but in 1999 he did say this to CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer:

During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country’s economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system.

Here’s Gore defending his precious invention:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHQhMEIH16U

As you know, SOPA has been quite a hot topic on the Internet over the past few weeks, with Anonymous threatening Sony over its support of the act, and Reddit calling for a war against congress. At least Gore has our back.

Not sure what SOPA is all about? Read “SOPA For Dummies

UPDATE: Unfortunately, this video has been removed by the user who uploaded it and we’re looking into it.