Google to join Protest against SOPA with a Link on its Homepage
Finally Google is also in protest against SOPA and PIPA. The announcement came a after Reddit and Wikipedia announced its blackout protest for Wednesday. Google has decided to join the protest with a link declaring its opposition against Stop Online Piracy Act. Google’s decision was reported by Cnet and TechCrunch has got confirmation via e-mail.
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. So tomorrow we will be joining many other tech companies to highlight this issue on our US home page.
SOPA targets at those companies or individuals who use copyrighted product or contents without authorization of copyright holders. If the legislation is enforced, it will widely affect online community and services and many sites could be shut down by the law in the name of online piracy.
While Wikipedia, Reddit and other companies moving ahead with complete blackout decision for 24 hours, Google’s move with a link is surely pretty big step and the homepage link will catch the attention of much more web visitors about the issue.
Meanwhile, Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo tweeted that “that’s just silly. Closing a global business in reaction to single-issue national politics is foolish.” even though he later added that “We have been very active and will continue to be very active. Watch this space”. Let’s see what action Twitter takes in protest against SOPA and PIPA.