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Blow dealt to internet censorship plan

Issue No. 2287

Attempts by US lawmakers to restrict internet freedom have been postponed after high profile opposition.

The threat of the Stop Online Privacy Act (Sopa) saw websites such as Wikipedia and Google “black out” in protest on Wednesday of last week.

The music and entertainment industries lobbied hard for the bill. It would have allowed the US government to shut down any website suspected of copyright infringement.

Search engines would be banned from listing the sites. Anyone who broke the law could have been jailed for five years.

Laws like this would give unprecedented power to corporations and the government over online activities.

A section of US business also opposes the bill, fearing it will limit ability to profit from online content.


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Tue 24 Jan 2012, 18:08 GMT
Issue No. 2287
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