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Google chairman says online piracy bill would ‘criminalize’ the Internet

By Gautham Nagesh – 12/12/11 02:11 PM ET
An online piracy bill in the House would “criminalize linking and the fundamental structure of the Internet itself,” according to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.

Schmidt said the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would punish Web firms, including search engines, that link to foreign websites dedicated to online piracy. He said implementing the bill as written would effectively break the Internet.

Google chairman says online piracy bill would ‘criminalize’ the Internet