The dominant search provider won’t follow Wikipedia by going dark tomorrow. But Google will use its popular home page to cite its reasons for opposing two bills designed to thwart overseas Web sites that traffic in pirated content. “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,” Google says. “So tomorrow we will be joining many other tech companies to highlight this issue on our US home page.” Tech companies including Reddit and Cheezburger Network hope that their Wednesday protests will galvanize public opinion against the proposals that would give the government the power to shut foreign-based sites that sell copyrighted entertainment. Prospects for the legislation — the Senate’s Protect IP Act and the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act — dimmed this weekend when the White House said it shares tech company concerns that the law might be used against legitimate sites, or dampen investor interest in the Web. The MPAA still hopes to work out a compromise, saying that the legislation is needed to protect U.S. jobs. But News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch has used his new forum on Twitter to campaign for the bills, attacking Google in the process. “Piracy leader is Google who streams movies free, sells advts around them. No wonder pouring millions into lobbying,” he tweeted on Saturday. In another post he said: “Just been to google search for mission impossible. Wow, several sites offering free links. I rest my case.”
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