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By Craig Pirrong : The internet has been ablaze in recent weeks with dire warnings about The End of the Internet As We Know It, due to the seemingly imminent passage of SOPA-the Stop Online Piracy Act. The threat was so severe that Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, has shut down the site for a day in protest.
As you know, there are many sites going black to protest SOPA and PIPA . Google has already offered blackout SEO advice but they decided to take it one step further by slowing down their spiders today. Pierre Far from Google posted on his Google+ that Google is slowing down GoogleBot’s crawl activity to reduce the effect on their site’s search rankings, if they did not follow the Google SEO advice from yesterday. Pierre Far said: Hello webmasters!
Although it didn't black out any of its sites entirely, Google has joined the anti- SOPA protest by putting up a censored version of its logo, visible only to users from the U.S. Google's David Drummond explained the company's views on SOPA/PIPA in an official blog post . PIPA and SOPA will censor the web, stifle innovation and hurt web businesses, says Drummond, and it won't even help the fight against piracy. "These bills would grant new powers to law enforcement to filter the Internet and block access to tools to get around those filters (...)
By Nicole Kobie Posted on 18 Jan 2012 at 09:03 Google and WordPress have added their weight to today's anti-SOPA protest, as a US politician revealed the controversial anti-piracy legislation will be reviewed next month. Google today "censored" its logo, blacking it out - apparently for US users only - to raise awareness of the controversial bill, which critics claim goes too far in efforts to battle piracy. WordPress' main site also criticises the Stop Online Piracy Act, encouraging visitors to complain to their local politicians and offering a plugin to help its users blackout their own blogs .
We’ve already articulated our stance on the PROTECT IP, SOPA, E-PARASITE, or whatever you want to call it bill, which creates a dangerous precedent of blacklisting domains and concentrates power on rights-holders, and remains vague enough to be easily abused. Eric Schmidt has already spoken out against it, saying that Google would not comply with its restrictions. Today he upped the rhetoric a bit while speaking at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
When Congress reconvenes later this month, they will consider passing the highly controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Currently, the Senate is scheduled to debate the matter on January 24th and vote shortly thereafter. Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader from Nevada, recently said: “This is a bipartisan piece of legislation which is extremely important.
Un apagón digital protagonizado por Google, Yahoo, Twitter, Facebook, Paypal, AOL, Amazon, Mozilla y otras grandes ciberempresas debe ser algo bastante parecido al fin del mundo en el siglo XXI. Su desconexión voluntaria, aunque solo fuera durante algunas horas, supondría sufrir y provocar perdidas económicas millonarias y colapsar el tejido económico y social de Estados Unidos. Es poco probable que algo así ocurra... pero no es imposible. Todas esas empresas, integradas dentro de la plataforma Netcoalition.com, han discutido la posibilidad de protagonizar un apagón digital este mes como medida de presión contra el proyecto de ley SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), una especie de ley Sinde que desde el pasado octubre se discute en el Congreso estadounidense. Así lo sugirió recientemente Markham Erickson, presidente de Netcoalition y lo ha confirmadoa este diario su portavoz Jake diGregorio, aunque reconoció que se trataba, de momento, "solo de una idea".
Google's Sergey Brin, left, says SOPA would put the U.S. "on par with most oppressive nations in the world." Even as Congress vacations, opposition to online piracy act bubbles online SOPA would crack down on rogue sites by letting government shut them down Critics fear that the bill would crush online freedom (CNN) -- 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.
Can you imagine a world without Google or Facebook? If plans to protest the potential passing of the Stop Online Piracy Act ( SOPA ) come to fruition, you won’t need to; those sites, along with many other well-known online destinations, will go temporarily offline as a taste of what we could expect from a post-SOPA Internet. Companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter, PayPal, Yahoo! and Wikipedia are said to be discussing a coordinated blackout of services to demonstrate the potential effect SOPA would have on the Internet, something already being called a “nuclear option” of protesting. The rumors surrounding the potential blackout were only strengthened by Markham Erickson, executive director of trade association NetCoalition, who told FoxNews that “a number of companies have had discussions about [blacking out services]” last week. According to Erickson, the companies are well aware of how serious an act such a blackout would be: