A coalition of media giants such as Time Warner, Viacom, Disney, News Corp., Sony and the National Football League is promoting the Stop Online Piracy Act now before Congress. The Creative America group, which includes the Hollywood unions, is sponsoring ads backing the measure they are running on networks owned by the coalition, such as Fox. Internet behemoths such as Google stand against the legislation, saying it's so broadly written that it will lead to Internet censorship and unfairly link legitimate ISPs to piracy.
Google, Facebook and other Internet companies are opposing passage of the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act, saying the measure backed by the motion picture industry would lead to censorship of websites by the Justice Department. "They should not criminalize the intermediaries," said Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google. "They should go after the people who are violating the law."
Viacom's Sumner Redstone, speaking at a conference in South Korea, said his company would wage war around the globe against content piracy. "It's harder and harder to make money in the media business," he said. "We cannot tolerate any form of piracy by anyone, including YouTube."
Six major electronics companies, including Sony, Philips and Toshiba, yesterday said they would support a new anti-piracy digital connector for high-definition TV sets. The announcement could speed the release of high-definition movies from Hollywood studios, which have been reluctant to release films because of piracy concerns, a report says.