Google has announced that it will battle anti-piracy bills in the UK and the US even if they are passed.
Speaking to the media after Google’s Big Tent conference in London, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said that blacklisting piracy websites like the Pirate Bay will have a negative impact on freedom of speech on the internet.
He said that governments’ move to battle piracy by blacklisting DNS was not a viable option as other countries might use the same measures to block free speech on the web.
According to The Guardian, Schmidt vowed that Google will continue to fight the anti-piracy laws.
“If there is a law that requires DNSs [domain name systems, the protocol that allows users to connect to websites], 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, adding that “If it’s a request the answer is we wouldn’t do it, if it’s a discussion we wouldn’t do it.”
Schmidt word’s come at the same conference in which UK culture minister Jeremy Hunt confirmed that plans to block piracy websites were being formed and will be announced soon.