Founders of some of the biggest internet companies in the world have sent an open letter to US lawmakers, opposing the controversial and draconian Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which is backed by Hollywood.
In the letter, which has been published on the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, the founders warn that the act will have an adverse impact on innovation and give rise to wen censorship, Bloomberg reports.
The letter addressed to the US lawmakers has been signed by 16 executives of leading internet companies including Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang and PayPal co-founder Elon Musk.
The executives believe that the bill will give the US government the authority to censor the web in the same way it is done in countries like Iran, China and Malaysia.
Hollywood and internet companies have increased their lobbying efforts in Washington as the bill stands on the verge of being reviewed by House of Representatives.
For Hollywood, the bill would mean unlimited powers for banning any website that is even remotely close to web piracy while internet companies and free speech groups claim that it have an adverse impact on the internet.