A group of 9 huge internet and technology companies: AOL, Mozilla, eBay, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Zynga and LinkedIn, have ran a full-page ad in The New York Times today, voicing their opposition against the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261) and PROTECT IP Act (S. 968).
These acts come as a second stage attempt to protect companies hosting content from violations of copyright and stealing of intellectual property; but they're worded rather open-ended and undefined as to what extent these Acts are viable, meaning that any site that hosts user-generated content may be at rist of liability or infringement, which explains the partaking of the likes of Facebook and Google in this oppositionary front.
Plus this puts an extra layer upon self-censorship into something that's possibly Government controlled, retreating from the Net Neutrality laws that have been fought for quite some time.
"We stand together to protect innovation" the letter proclaims, as it details that these acts may pose a threat to "our industry's continued track record of innovation and job creation." See the letter they put out below, and hit up the source links for the full proposed Acts (if you're so linguistically adventurous.
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