Friday, December 16, 2011
Congress is trying to restrict the Internet, and global media baron Rupert Murdoch last week personally lobbied leaders on Capitol Hill for two measures that supporters say merely combat piracy.
The bills are misleadingly titled the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House, and the Protect IP Act in the Senate.
"Both measures would require Internet operators to police activity online," according top Ryan Grim and Michael McAuliff on The Huffington Post, "and would mandate Internet giants like Google and AOL, and credit card companies, to take down sites that have content deemed to be in violation of copyright rules."
Opponents, including Google, charge that the proposals would be censorship that would stifle innovation and impose higher costs on consumers.