Internet companies cry 'censorship' over legislation

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 8:59am EST

Google, Yahoo, Facebook and several other large Web companies are fighting legislation that they say would result in Internet censorship, and could leave them vulnerable to cyberattacks.

They say the two proposed laws, the Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT IP Act, are overly broad and mostly serve the interests of Hollywood and the music industry.

Computerworld reports the companies agree that new enforcement tools are needed to combat rogue websites. But they say these bills go too far.

Computers and Communications Industry Association officials said SOPA also poses a cybersecurity threat, because it allows ISPs to interfere with secure connections between users and websites.

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