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Google, Facebook, Others Oppose Stop Online Piracy Act

A proposed bill on combating online piracy is facing strong criticism from some of the biggest technology companies that includes Facebook and Google. These companies are contending that the bill is far too strict and will invite some unintended consequences.

The proposed bill, called Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), was introduced in late October to the House of Representatives. The purpose of this bill is to cut down issues of trademark and also copyright. This bill will be targeting various websites that includes "rogue" foreign sites such as torrent hub The Pirate Bay.

Even though the purpose of this bill is no doubt very important and beneficial but according companies that are opposing the bill, such a bill "effectively promotes censorship", reported CNN (opens in new tab).

If SOPA is successfully enforce as an Act, holders of various copyrights will have the privilege to complain against violators and can get a ban on websites. Under the act the intermediaries such as payment processors, search engines will be forced to pull back their services from such accused websites.

On Tuesday, Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google termed the SOPA bill as "draconian".

In the same way, various technology companies like Google, Facebook, eBay, LinkdIn, AOL, Twitter, Zynga, Mozilla and Yahoo filed a complaint in a "letter form" which was sent to leading Senate and House lawmakers. The letter mentioned that the companies support the goal but not the bill.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.