17 January 2012


Typically, Google’s earmark bare homepage has only been used to fete important birthdays and events with Google Doodles, or to advertise Google characteristics, such as Google Offers or the addition of a blue arrow to call attending to the beginning of Google Plus.


But today, millions of people visiting Google’s home page will be wished with a link showing the company’s opposition to disputatious anti-piracy law SOPA, the halt On-line Piracy Law.

"Like lots of entrepreneurs, and Web users, we fight these bills because there are brilliant, targeted routes to close down foreign deceitful websites without requesting US companies to censor the Internet," a Google spokesperson told CNET and affirmed by ClickZ News. "So today we will be linking various other tech companies to highlight this matter on our U.S. home page."

Wikipedia Blackout

Google will not be departure quite as far as some other websites. Wikipedia and 100’s of websites (containing Reddit, WordPress, and FireFox) strategy to go off-line for 24 hours to dissent SOPA. Over the weekend, Google also replied to tweets from NewsCorp’s Rupert Murdoch, who damned Google as a “piracy leader.” Google responded by saying:

Rupert Murdoch

We have worked difficult to assist rights holders deal with piracy. Last year, we took down 05 million encroaching web pages from our search results and invested more than $60 million in the fight against bad ads. Like many other tech companies, we believe there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking U.S. companies to censor the internet.
Google hasn’t concealed their disdain for SOPA. Co-founder Sergey Brin in December placed on Google plus about SOPA and Protect IP Act (PIPA):
… Imagine my amazement when the freshest menace to free speech has come from none other but the US. Two laws presently making their way by congress -- SOPA and PIPA -- give the US government and copyright holders sinful powers containing the ability to hijack DNS and censor search results (and this is even without so much as a proper court trial). When I support their goal of reducing copyright infringement (which I don't believe these laws would fulfill), I am shocked that our lawmakers would contemplate such evaluates that would put us on a par with the most tyrannical nations in the globe.
In November, Google dissent against SOPA at a House Judiciary Commission listening. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt called piracy answers “harsh code of laws” and “Censorship.”