Friday, May 20, 2011

Big Content rips into Google, the "corporate imperialist"

The knives are out for Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. Within hours of making comments to UK media during a press conference, major US rightsholders attempted to brand Google as an arrogant, out-of-control company bent on ruining American creativity and thinking itself above US law.

The Guardian transcribed a few of Schmidt's remarks on Internet blacklists. "If there is a law that requires DNSes [Domain Name System operators] to do 'x' and it's passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President of the United States and we disagree with it then we would still fight it," he said at one point, apparently expressing opposition to the PROTECT IP Act recently introduced in the Senate. Any such system would be used as pretext for countries like China to engage in much more repressive website blocking.

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