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Google to Join Wednesday Protest Against SOPA

By Francis Rey Balolong / Jan 17, 2012 / Google 47

Google has announced that it will join the protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) this Wednesday, adding anti-SOPA links on its US homepage.

“Like many businesses, entrepreneurs and web users, we oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor the Internet,” a Google spokesman told Ars Technica. “So tomorrow we will be joining many other tech companies to highlight this issue on our US home page.”

The search giant, however, did not elaborate details on how it will carry out the changes on the homepage, which, unlike the SOPA blackout from websites such as Wikipedia and reddit, will be lighter.

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Scribd, the document-hosting site, will also join, saying, “Visitors to the site will see a popup with a call to action featuring a petition.”

“The future of the Internet cannot be beholden to ill-conceived legislation,” said Jared Friedman, CTO of Scribd. “We believe that global intellectual property rights and a free and open Internet can co-exist.”

Several other websites and organizations already announced their intention to join the protests against SOPA, including, Anonymous, WordPress, Twitpic and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) while OpenSUSE will also go on strike”

 

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