Google has blacked out their logo. Currently Congress is considering two bills that would effectively censor the web and would impose unnecessary regulations on Internet companies. The two bills are the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate. Google is asking their website visitors to petition Congress.
The PIPA and SOPA bills would grant new powers to law enforcement agencies to filter the Internet and block access to tools to get around the filters. Google SVP of Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond said “We know from experience that these powers are on the wish list of oppressive regimes throughout the world. SOPA and PIPA also eliminate due process. They provide incentives for American companies to shut down, block access to and stop servicing U.S. and foreign websites that copyright and trademark owners allege are illegal without any due process or ability of a wrongfully targeted website to seek restitution.”
The bills were introduced to fight online piracy and Google said that they know fighting online piracy is important. Last year alone, Google acted on copyright takedown notices for more than 5 million webpages and they have invested $60 million in the fight against ads appearing on bad websites. Other websites that have blocked access to their websites today to protest SOPA include Wikipedia, Tumblr, Mozilla, Wired and Twitter.