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Google to use its homepage to protest SOPA

updated 02:45 pm EST, Tue January 17, 2012

Google will protest SOPA with link on homepage

In its effort to protest the controversial SOPA bill, Google will host a link to an explanation of its opposition on its popular home page. The link will go live on Wednesday, according to CNET, and thus join Wikipedia, Reddit and other tech firms in showing their disagreement for SOPA and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), both of which were spurred on by movie studios and music labels.

"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," said a Google spokesperson.

What the link will look like on Google's page hasn't been revealed, other than stating it won't replace the company's logo. Wikipedia, meanwhile, will protest the bills by going offline for 24 hours.

The bills lost a key aspect on Friday, when Congress ruled they can't order US ISPs to cut off access to foreign sites simply accused of hosting pirated content.

Congress will vote on PIPA on January 24.

by MacNN Staff



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