Internet Censorship: Google Chairman Assails Anti-Piracy Bills in U.S. Congress

By Eric Engleman

Google Inc. Chairman Eric Schmidt assailed Hollywood-backed legislation aimed at curbing online piracy, saying that measures under consideration by the U.S. House and Senate would spur censorship of the Internet.

Requiring Internet-service providers and search engines to remove links to websites accused of trafficking in counterfeit movies and music would amount to “censorship” and set a bad example for other countries, Schmidt said today after a speech in Washington.

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Dec. 15 on a bill supported by movie studios and the recording industry that would let the U.S. Justice Department seek court orders forcing Internet-service providers, search engines, payment services and advertising networks to block or cease business with non-U.S. websites linked to piracy…

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