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Google slams proposed IP laws in US as censorship

20 November, 2011
By Allison Orr

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has publicly criticised anti-piracy legislation, The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), introduced into the US House of Representatives last month.  The Bill expands laws enforcing copyright, and increases powers of copyright holders.

The bill is supported by the Motion Picture Association of America, the pharmaceutical industry and the US Chamber of Commerce, and will punish ISPs that host unauthorised copyrighted content.  But the legislation has very vocal critics, including Google.  Schmidt has describes the legislation as “draconian”, and would lead to censorship of the Internet.  He said this week at MIT, "There's a bill that would require (Internet service providers) to remove URLs from the Web, which is also known as censorship last time I checked."  Instead, he recommends tracing payments to websites offering illegal materials.

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