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.