NEW YORK - JUNE 23: Google co-founder Sergey Brin opens the internet company's new office space inside historic Chelsea Market June 23, 2008 in New York City. The new space, which is across the street from the older Google office, will house around 300 employees bringing the total number of Google employees in New York City to around 1,500. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sergey Brin
A group of Silicon Valley bigwigs recently wrote an open letter saying pending legislation in Congress will mean censorship and the stifling of innovation. The two bills, called the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act, were both meant to curb online piracy and copyright infringement but may have more serious consequences.
According to the open letter:
These two pieces of legislation threaten to:Require web services, like the ones we helped found, to monitor what users link to, or upload. This would have a chilling effect on innovation;Deny website owners the right to due process of law;Give the U.S. Government the power to censor the web using techniques similar to those used by China, Malaysia and Iran; andUndermine security online by changing the basic structure of the Internet.
These two pieces of legislation threaten to: