Eric Schimdt was opposing PROTECT IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act
Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt hit out at the proposed legislation to tighten online copyright regulation on Tuesday. He said this would pave way for censorship of the internet.
The two bills, a part of the legislation, which are intended to block foreign websites selling pirated movies and other goods, would give copyright holders and law enforcement officials added powers to cut off websites and require search engines, payment collectors and others to block access.
Terming the solutions as "draconian," Schmidt said, "There’s a bill that would require (Internet service providers) to remove URLs from the Web, which is also known as censorship last time I checked."
The legislation being opposed is called the PROTECT IP Act in the US Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act in the US House of Representatives.
Schmidt instead recommended laws based on tracing payments to websites offering illegal materials.
This follows a letter to Congressional leaders by nine companies including Google, AOL Inc, eBay Inc, Facebook, Yahoo Inc and Twitter, which says, "We are concerned that these measures pose a serious risk to our industry’s continued track record of innovation and job creation, as well as to our nation’s cybersecurity."