Thursday, January 19, 2012

More than 4.5 million users sign Googles anti-SOPA petition in one day: LA TIMES

WASHINGTON (Jan. 19) – The protest against anti-piracy bills Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) is going on and hundreds of websitehave gone dark to register their protest.

More than 4.5 million users sign Googles anti-SOPA petition in one day

Tech giant Google joined the protest and when Google asked its users to sign a petition protesting SOPA and PIPA circulating in Congress, millions responded.

The fact really depicts that when Google speaks, the world not only listens but reacts positively too.

A Google spokesperson confirmed that 4.5 million people added their names to the company's anti-SOPA petition today, Los Angeles Times reported.

The petition, which was available through a link from Google's homepage, states that even though stopping online piracy is vital, the line of action described in the SOPA and PIPA bills would be useless.

"There’s no need to make American social networks, blogs and search engines censor the Internet or undermine the existing laws that have enabled the Web to thrive, creating millions of U.S. jobs," the petition reads. "Too much is at stake -– please vote NO on PIPA and SOPA."

In the wake of growing Internet's unprecedented protest members of the Senate are rushing for the exits and at least 13 members of the upper chamber announced their opposition on Wednesday dragging the fate of the bills in complete uncertainty

Google recurrently pleases its users by designing its homepage logo, Google Doodle, but on Wednesday it did something which had never been done before: it blocked out its logo totally.

A link below the blackout read "Tell Congress: Please don't censor the web!" and lead to a page with the petition.

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