Google executive chair Eric Schmidt has flapped down US legislation proposals that wish to enforce online copyright implementation, saying that once approved, the bills will end with Internet censorship.
The Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011, better known as PROTECT IP Act, is the US Senate’s legislation corollary to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the US House of Representatives.
The two bills intend to fight the infringement of copyrighted material (music and videos) by suggesting that copyright bearers and law enforcement agencies be given extra powers to blacklist or shun infringing websites.
Moreover, major, if not all, search engines and payment collectors will be mandatorily obliged to freeze connections of incriminated websites.
Reuters reports that Schmidt said in a statement at the MIT Sloan School of Management that the proposals are “draconian.”
“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,” he added.
Schmidt’s position on the proposed solutions does not necessarily mean he is an advocate of copyright infringement, but Hollywood studios do have a lucid issue in hand, as the compounding trade of pirated movies jeopardizes their revenue and the entire industry.