It seems like Barack Obama’s support for SOPA will cost him more than what he imagined and beyond what he had expected, and when Hollywood is not pleased with something, one has to be careful about their image; how it will go down in cinematic history. Many of the studio heads have said on the condition of remaining anonymous that they might not give more donations to the U.S. President and the House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi according to Deadline.
The reason is because they feel let down by the Obama administration and unsupported. The White House had sent out a letter which criticized some aspects of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) and asked that anti-piracy legislation should avoid security risks, guard against censorship, and protect innovation. The response that Hollywood expected from the current administration was to have remained silent on the issue rather than taking sides, which has made Obama to appear not showing interest in the interests of the American film industry.
According to Center for Responsive Politics, the American entertainment industry had donated more than $9 million to Obama in his 2008 election campaign. Now with the current disappointment that Hollywood has received from Obama, this amount will drastically go down just when the election year is on. For better or for worse, proper legislation is important and the right of freedom of expression should be upheld on the global internet. Already there has been a huge backlash against SOPA and PIPA around the world, it is better if time is given for things to develop positively.