Amazon: We dislike piracy, but ‘strongly oppose’ SOPA

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Amazon.com will not be blacking out its Web site tomorrow in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act as Cheezburger and Wikipedia plan to do. But the Seattle online retailer still thinks the legislation is flawed.

SOPA and PIPA, also known as the Protect IP Act, would allow copyright holders to shut down Web sites accused of copyright infringement.

“As much as we dislike piracy, we strongly oppose SOPA in its current form,” Amazon said in a statement emailed to GeekWire this afternoon. That’s similar language to what Microsoft said earlier today, noting that they “oppose the passage of the SOPA bill as currently drafted.”

Protests are being planned for downtown Seattle tomorrow to raise awareness about the controversial legislation, led in part by Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh. Huh, whose company publishes photos and videos from around the Web, has called SOPA a “cancer to the free Web.”

Opponents say SOPA goes too far by allowing the shutdown of sites accused of enabling copyright violations, which get an expanded definition under the bill. Google said today that it will put a message on its site on Wednesday highlighting its opposition to SOPA.

Previously: Can this song help kill SOPA? ‘The Day the LOLcats Died’

  • http://www.intrinsicstrategy.com FrankCatalano

    Considering the weather forecast for Wednesday, instead of a blackout, might Seattle opponents of SOPA consider a whiteout?

    • Guest

      I think that’s a smashing idea. I’ve already informed my colleagues that due to SOPA, I will not be working tomorrow and I will instead be patronising the businesses that strongly oppose it.

  • http://www.nickwhite.me/ Nick White

    Considering what happened to Go Daddy, it’s hard to see how a tech company doing anything other than condemning SOPA/PIPA seems like brand suicide.

  • http://aconservativeteacher.blogspot.com aconservativeteacher

    People need to be careful with this whole SOPA thing- the government is charged by the Constitution with protecting intellectual and other property rights, and stealing movies/videos/music/books is illegal and should be prosecuted. Many businesses argue that the current framework for prosecuting these theives is not strong enough, and they have a point- stealing is easy to do on the internet. There needs to be stronger rules and regulations- but the real trick is stronger rules and regulations without harming the open nature of the internet or putting an undue burden on website providers. Just be careful with how you talk about this issue- the current version of SOPA is bad, but some version of it should likely pass.

    • Anonymous

      “… the government is charged by the Constitution with protecting intellectual and other property rights, and stealing movies/videos/music/books is illegal and should be prosecuted…”
        Hummm…I hear your warning, got it! I know you mean well….maybe! The problem, in a phrase: ‘China and the real world.’
      They aint changin’ dude! It was not that long ago I was in Beijing , Shanghai, and a month in Hong Kong…the only product for North Americans that is NOT made and counterfeited, copied, duplicated, and or pirated in China, is (drum roll please…) North Americans! If they could copy ‘females’ they most certainly would. So…you make SOPA, so what!!! You have ‘soap’ but the whole wide rest of the world is ‘dirty.’ Try to enforce this on multinationals that have had to give access to corporate networks to Chinese, Eastern European,  African, etc, etc, etc, channel players. Stronger rules, oh yes! Enforcement: well…if it is only on the US-based, or US-side of an international relationship, the bad guys will own the farm a lot easier now! On our planet, in the present reality, the easiest person or firm to victimize is the one playing by the rules, where the cops have no guns, no ammo, and no clothes on. ‘Nuff said.