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Google Warns Congress About Dangers of SOPA

By November 30, 2011

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Google warned U.S. lawmakers that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) goes too far in enforcing the copyright rights of digital content owners.  Google is cautioning lawmakers against passing the bill with the good intention of stopping illegal and pirated movies and music, while halting investment and targeting large Internet service providers.  We are increasingly relying on digital media to bring us electronic books, movies, and music.  The U.S. House of Representatives bill would allow an aggrieved party to go straight to a website's payment provider and ask that they sever ties.

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Google urged bill sponsors to specifically target offenders like counterfeit websites who sell pirated music or movies, instead of casting a wider net to punish search engines and ISP's.  Google, Yahoo! Inc, Facebook, Twitter, eBay and other large Internet companies ran advertisements in major newspapers urging lawmakers to rethink their approach to the copyright infringement problem.

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