Google and Facebook Warn that SOPA is Unnecessarily Draconian


Thu, Nov 17th, 2011 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, is a "disturbing bill making the rounds on Capitol Hill" reportedly designed to block sites with infringing content. What's troubling is the fact that it would empower the U.S. government to censor anything it doesn't like.

Google and Facebook are opposed to this measure stating that this bill "poses huge risks to the internet" and that "SOPA is unnecessarily draconian."

"Unfortunately, the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding US internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities, private rights of action, and technology mandates that would require monitoring of websites," Google, Facebook, Yahoo and eBay wrote in a letter to leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary committee.

"We are concerned that these measures pose a serious risk to our industry's continued track record of innovation and job creation, as well as to our nation's cybersecurity," the companies said. The letter was also signed by AOL, Twitter, LinkedIn, Mozilla and Zynga.

Speaking at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management this week, Google chairman Eric Schmidt voiced his own opposition to SOPA.

"The solutions are draconian. There's a bill that would require ISPs to remove URLs from the web which is also known as censorship last time I checked," he said.



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