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Written by: News Account
1/18/2012 4:54 AM

Google regularly makes creative use of its homepage art that it has patented as “Doodles.” Today’s logo, however, is the Internet company’s most powerful visual statement ever, reports Michael Cavna in The Washington Post.

According to Cavna, where the brightly colored letters spelling “Google” normally appear, today the iconic logo is almost entirely blocked out and blacked out to protest proposed congressional legislation involving Internet regulation.

More from Cavna’s story follows:

Click on the black “redacted” logo and the directive “Tell Congress: Please don’t censor the Web” appears in the search bar. Click on the logo and Google takes you to a signable petition beneath the slogan, “End piracy, not liberty.”

On explaining its opposition, Google writes in part: “There’s no need to make American social networks, blogs and search engines censor the Internet or undermine the existing laws that have enabled the Web to thrive, creating millions of U.S. jobs.”

Such a prominent visual statement distinctly underscores the degree to which such Web sites as Google.com and Wikipedia have become such a profound part of the daily routine for hundreds of millions. Wikipedia — the crowd-sourced free encyclopedia — had announced that its U.S. site would go dark for 24 hours Wednesday, as of midnight Eastern time.

The bills in question are the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House, and the Protect IP [intellectual property] Act in the Senate.

Their purpose is to curb online piracy committed by foreign Web sites by restricting U.S. companies; the bills have the support of numerous Hollywood entertainment companies (including Disney-owned Marvel Entertainment). Tech companies such as Google, The Post reports, “argue that the bills would impose huge regulatory costs and stifle innovation on the Web.”

For the full story, click here.

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