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Google To Declare Opposition to Anti-privacy Bills

In conjunction with the tech industry's blackout movement planned for January 18, TechCrunch confirms that Google's U.S. homepage will feature a link to highlight the company's opposition to the Stop Online Privacy Act and the Protect IP Act, two anti-piracy bills that are currently going through Congress.


Although Google's participation in the movement won't shut down its search engine, it will feature the issue on the home page for a giant audience, especially internet users who aren't up-to-date on tech news.

In a statement emailed to TechCrunch, Google had this to say about the two Congressional bills: "Like many businesses, entrepreneurs and web users, we oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor the Internet."

Opponents of the bills say that, if passed, the legislation can lead to internet censorship and harm the livelihood of companies on the web.

Many companies, including Wikipedia, BoingBoing, and ICanHazCheezburger, have vowed to go dark on January 18 in an effort to protest the two bills. Participating sites will be shut down for 12 to 24 hours.

- Melanie Saxe

Read more:

http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/17/google-sopa-homepage/

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2012/01/wikipedia-sopa-strike-blackout.html

 

Jan 17, 2012