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Internet pioneers oppose US online piracy bills

December 20, 2011

Via Scoop.itTechnology and Society: The Big Questions

The founders of Craigslist, eBay, Google, Twitter, Yahoo! and other Internet giants expressed concern to the US Congress on Wednesday over legislation intended to crack down on online piracy.   The legislation threatens to “require Web services, like the ones we helped found, to monitor what users link to, or upload,” they said, warning that this would have a “chilling effect on innovation.”   They said the bills would also “deny website owners the right to due process” and “give the US government the power to censor the Web using techniques similar to those used by China, Malaysia and Iran.”

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