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Friday, January 20, 2012

SOPA petition gets over 7 million signatures as internet piracy legislation protests continue

Signatures to a petition against SOPA and PIPA, two internet piracy bills currently being debated in Congress, topped seven million according to Google, who used their blacked out logo as a link to the petition Wednesday. As Bloomberg reported:

Google Inc. said today it collected more than 7 million signatures from the U.S. for its online petition to Congress during an Internet protest against anti- piracy legislation backed by Hollywood.

Visitors to Google, the world’s most popular search engine, were greeted yesterday by a black box covering the company’s familiar icon, and a message that read “Tell Congress: Please don’t censor the Web!” The message linked to a page outlining Google’s opposition and an option to join a petition urging Congress to reject the legislation. Read More