Google censors its logo in protest against US anti-piracy legislation

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 // by Saurabh Sharma // Labels: , , , //

Google users in cannot see the Google logo on its home page. Not because it has put up yet another innovative Google, but because the search engine giant has also joined the Internet blackout against proposed US legislation on online piracy.

Unlike Wikipedia, Google hasn't blacked out its entire website but only its logo. This is only viewable to Google users in the US, though other users from outside the US do get a text link below the search bar that says, "Tell Congress: Please don't censor the web!" and it links to a page titled "End Piracy, Not Liberty" that puts together information on why Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) are wrong.

Users from outside the US can get a look at the censored Google logo via one of the numerous online proxy services.
Google censors its logo in protest against US anti-piracy legislation

"Like many businesses, entrepreneurs and Web users, we oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor the Internet," said a Google spokeswoman.

"So we will be joining many other tech companies to highlight this issue on our US home page."

"On background, we are not blacking out or shutting down Google, but we will do something highly visible to engage our users on this important issue", Google said in a statement. 

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I am a 22yr Techno Freak, A Computer Science Student, An App. Developer, A Web Developer, and A Painting Artist

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