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Thursday, November 17, 2011

'Stop censorship!' Google takes on Congress over 'draconian' online piracy bill - 17th Nov 2011

Tech giants including Google Inc took aim today at U.S lawmakers proposing anti-piracy legislation which they say promotes censorship.

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has pit internet giants, consumer groups and first amendment advocates against the U.S. copyright industries, including Hollywood studios and record labels, who have long argued for tougher protection.

The U.S. House of Representatives bill would allow a private party to go straight to a website's advertising and payment providers and request they sever ties.

'A corporation, a copyright "troll," or anyone with an axe to grind could send a notice... without first involving law enforcement or triggering any judicial process,' Google policy counsel Katherine Oyama told a House Judiciary Committee hearing.

She urged lawmakers to instead work on legislation that cuts off revenue to rogue sites via the courts and avoids the 'collateral damage' built into the current form of the bill. Read More