Internet powerhouses oppose government's SOPA legislation

Internet powerhouses oppose government's SOPA legislation

The U.S. government recently proposed a bill for increased regulation of internet copyright infringement, but some of the world's most powerful websites aren't onboard with the legislation.

Internet giants such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, AOL and eBay are opposing the government's Stop Online Piracy Act, which would give the Justice Department more power to protect copyright material like music, movies and television shows. The legislation's goal is to halt the flow of revenue to websites that profit from selling pirated copyright material.

"We support the bills' stated goals - providing additional enforcement tools to combat foreign 'rogue' websites that are dedicated to copyright infringement or counterfeiting," the websites said in a letter to politicians. "Unfortunately, the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. internet and technology companies to new and uncertain liabilities, private rights of action and technology mandates that would require monitoring of websites."

Additionally, a group of law professors wrote a letter to congress, stating that the potential bill could create serious consequences regarding "the stability and security of the internet's addressing system," according to CNET. The professors also believe the legislation would reverse the government's headway in supporting free flowing information on the internet.