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January 18, 2012

Google to join SOPA protest tomorrow


Protests against Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) bills furthered by the House and the Senate, respectively seem to be spreading like a forest fire. Online encyclopedia - Wikipedia began its mark of protest today by observing a complete blackout on their widely accessed service for 24 hours, and the next to join the protest, albeit, not in a similar fashion, is Google. The search giant will reportedly place a link on its home page tomorrow as a support sign to the ongoing protest, reports Bloomberg. Google aims to participate in protest against the anti-piracy measures being brought up in the U.S. Congress.
Protests to begin tomorrow
Protests to begin tomorrow


Google, along with Facebook are among those several companies who've come in the open with their protests against the anti-piracy measures bills like SOPA and PIPA will bring in, stating that the bills will "hurt the growth of the U.S. technology industry". Commenting on Google's decision to join in the protests, company spokesperson, Samantha Smith was quoted by as saying, "We oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor the Internet."

Google U.S, however, already has the protest link on the homepage.
The Google U.S homepage
The Google U.S homepage

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