In the U.S., several major Internet companies, including Google, Yahoo and Facebook, have announced their protest against the SOPA – American Law against online piracy, which would allow the authorities to deny access to sites with pirated content.
They previously expressed its disapproval of these two bills, but now 9 giants in the face of Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, Mozilla, eBay, LinkedIn, AOL and Zynga have started an information campaign to combat them. In particular, the company placed an ad in a special edition of the New York Times, telling him in his vision of the problem.
According to the Internet giants, in the case of adoption of these two bills, the U.S. government will have too much power in relation to Web sites accused of hosting the pirated content.
In case the SOPA, the Law against internet piracy, the government will have the right to ask ISPs to block access to all sites with pirated materials. In support of these bills are the American Association of media companies the RIAA and MPAA. According to their statement that the adoption of new laws to combat piracy on the web just need to protect the owners from stealing their content.
Support for the initiative Google, Facebook and Yahoo have many other Internet companies and popular services, such as Mozilla, 4Chan, Reddit, and Tumblr. In addition, the campaign against the SOPA and Protect IP Act to actively support the American Association of Consumer Electronics (Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the human rights group NetCoalition, which just represents the interests of Internet companies that oppose the bills.
“Inexplicably, almost overnight, SOPA has become a full-scale assault against quite legitimate Internet companies,” – said Markham Erickson, executive director of NetCoalition.
According to him, these bills have a very powerful group of lobbyists, starring in a play American Association for the movie companies MPAA, pharmaceutical companies, mediafirmy U.S. Chamber of Commerce. They all claim that these companies are multi-billion dollar losses each year due to Internet piracy, to fight that can only be through the introduction of tough laws against distributors of pirated content.
A new bill to combat piracy are now being considered in the House of Representatives, U.S. Congress. If it is approved by Congress, it can be adopted later this year.
However, not all Internet companies are opposed to SOPA and Protect IP Act. For example, its support of both bills said the software giant Microsoft, says The Next Web. In addition to Microsoft, these bills supported by some other IT developers, including Apple, Adobe, Dell, Intel, McAfee, Corel, and “Kaspersky Lab”.
Opponents of the SOPA claim that the law would effectively mean the establishment of censorship on the Internet that is not only contrary to democratic principles, but also negatively affect the development of the Internet in general and innovation in the IT industry. Furthermore, its adoption can actually hurt yourself, and content producers, especially the little-known musicians, etc., by depriving them of effective sites for the demonstration and dissemination of their work.