The most popular social networks, Facebook and Twitter, along with Google, say that Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) is “internet censorship”. According to New York Daily News, an open letter signed by nine internet companies states that even if they support the purpose of SOPA, “the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities.”
The Stop Internet Piracy Act was presented in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. The project is designed to protect the right of movie and music companies. However, several IT and internet companies believe that the bill could be turned against the internet in the United States. A number of companies, including Facebook, Google, Twitter, AOL, Yahoo and eBay have signed an open letter claiming that SOPA could act like a censorship of the virtual internet world and the government can find other ways to combat trademark issues. They believe there should be adopted more targeted ways foreign websites that have copyright issues. It is not right that the government impose the internet companies to remove websites that it believes are illegal.
SOPA was designed in such a way that, by supporting “creativity, entrepreneurism and innovation, and defending US property online”, it grants the government the possibility of forcing the service providers to take down websites that they state have illegal content. Moreover, the project allows the Justice Department to target both international and domestic websites.
Google chairman Eric Schmidt says that the bill is practically asking the internet companies to take URLs down, “which is also known as censorship last time I checked”. Other companies, such as Mozilla, Reddit and LinkedIn state that through this American innovations protection, the US system will not differ from the measures taken in China and Iran.