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SOPA fight continues

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Google's Sergey Brin, left, says SOPA would put the U.S. "on par with most oppressive nations in the world.

 

Members of Congress may be on vacation, but that hasn't calmed critics who say an effort to stamp out online piracy would create an unprecedented threat to free speech on the Internet.

 

Far from fading from memory, the Stop Online Piracy Act (along with a related Senate bill) has become a rallying point for Web freedom advocates in a debate that has pitted Hollywood and other business interests against some of the biggest titans of the technology world.

 

Interest in the debate spiked again this week when one of the bill's opponents suggested that online heavyweights such as Google, Facebook, Amazon and Twitter had

considered a "nuclear option"

-- temporarily shutting down their sites in protest -- to raise awareness about the bills, which await lawmakers when they return this month.

 

When contacted by CNN, none of those companies would confirm that such a drastic move had ever been considered. By Friday, the advocate whose comments had fueled the speculation appeared to back away from claims that a Web blackout was still likely to occur.

 

"Internet and technology companies will continue to educate policymakers and other stakeholders on the problems with the (legislation)," Markham Erickson, director of Web trade association

NetCoalition, said in a statement. "An 'Internet blackout' would obviously be both drastic and unprecedented."

 

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Sigh it truly amazes me when politicians end up deciding on something they know nothing about. American politics = joke, USA politicians are and always were in the pockets of lobbyists and they only look out for their interests and not the interest of the people that elected them and they don't bother hiding it. At least our politicians have the decency to do it behind our backs.

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Sigh it truly amazes me when politicians end up deciding on something they know nothing about. American politics = joke, USA politicians are and always were in the pockets of lobbyists and they only look out for their interests and not the interest of the people that elected them and they don't bother hiding it. At least our politicians have the decency to do it behind our backs.

It's not only the US politicians who act in the way some lobbyists are playing the puppets but you can see how extremly paranoid the USA are. Everything I read about SOPA so far will end in strict censorship of the internet for US citizens.

But I don't see any chance that it will work.

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