SOPA condemned by web giants as ‘internet blacklist bill’

Internet giants went on the attack on Wednesday, claiming legislation aimed at tackling online piracy would create an internet blacklist bill that would encourage censorship, kill jobs and give US authorities unrivalled powers over the world’s websites.

Internet firms including Wikipedia owner Wikimedia, eBay, Google, Twitter and others protested as Congress discussed the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) now passing through Washington.

The act aims to tackle online piracy by giving the US Justice Department new powers to go after websites, both domestically and abroad, that host disputed copyright material. The act would allow the US to effectively pull the plug on websites and go after companies that support them technically or through payment systems. A vote on the bill could come as early as next month — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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