Google often plays around with its popular home page, showing creative doodles to celebrate various activities going on in the world. But tomorrow, Google will make a slight change to its home page, telling users of the popular search engine that it opposes the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA), reports CNET.
“Like many businesses, entrepreneurs and web users, we oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor the Internet,” a Google spokeswoman tells CNET. “So tomorrow we will be joining many other tech companies to highlight this issue on our US home page.”
(CNET notes that a link will appear on the Google home page, and that the company’s iconic multi-colored logo will not be altered).
Protests are being planned for downtown Seattle tomorrow to raise awareness about the controversial legislation, led in part by Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh. Cheezburger is joining with Reddit and Wikipedia in blacking out its sites tomorrow as part of the protest. (Ross Reynolds, host of The Conversation on KUOW 94.9, will discuss the SOPA legislation today with Cheezburger’s Huh).
The SOPA legislation would allow copyright holders to shut down Web sites that were accused of copyright infringement.
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