Google co-founder writes that piracy bill could limit free speechBy Rachel Levin | The Hill | December 15, 2011
Google co-founder Sergey Brin took to his company’s fledgling social media site to warn about the dangers of the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act.
Brin called the legislation a “threat to free speech” in a Google Plus post.
“While I support their goal of reducing copyright infringement (which I don’t believe these acts would accomplish), I am shocked that our lawmakers would contemplate such measures that would put us on a par with the most oppressive nations in the world,” Brin wrote.
Brin and several other major entrepreneurs signed a letter against the legislation.
The letter, which included signatures from big names like Mozilla Firefox, Yahoo! and Twitter, argued that these acts could hinder “the creation of content and free expression online.”
“We urge Congress to think hard before changing the regulation that underpins the Internet. Let’s not deny the next generation of entrepreneurs and founders the same opportunities that we all had,” the letter states.
The House Judiciary Committee should vote on the Stop Online Privacy Act on Thursday.
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