SOPA Feared to Bring in Internet Censorship; Google Concerned

November 17, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Piracy is one serious hassle the entertainment industry has been struggling to evade all along.

Several attempts have been made to fix this issue, but the problem seems to be expanding itself into newer areas.

Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA), which has made its appearance in the House of Representatives, is what all are now looking at.

The Act is expected to offer protection to the movie studios, record labels and others whose music and films are copied online.


This will appear as the Protect IP Act in the Senate. Meanwhile, some believe these are flawed bills that will eventually lead to internet censorship.

Reacting to SOPA, Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt expressed his concern that if this happens the copyright holders and government will have the power to remove websites unreasonably.

The above two groups can cut off the linking of search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo which will be harsh to the company.

The bill would allow the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to remove URLs from the Web – and that is actually censorship. He pointed out that Hollywood studios are facing losses in the business with movies being flicked.

Meanwhile, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the chairperson of the House Judiciary Committee and sponsors the SOPA, points out that this bill will stop the loss of company’s revenue through piracy. After the implementation of this Act, the companies will get the profit by stopping the rogue websites.

Supporting Google, now Tumblr, the microblogging website, has also created a page called “Protect the Net” to save the Internet freedom.

Do you think SOPA would be a perfect solution for all those piracy woes?


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