Google Testifies Before the U.S. House of Representatives on SOPA

Google's copyright policy counsel Katherine Oyama, on November 16, testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the Stop Online Piracy Act.In her testimony on on copyright legislation Oyama stated:"We strongly support the goal of the bill -- cracking down on offshore websites that profit from pirated and counterfeited goods -- but we're concerned the way […]

Google's copyright policy counsel Katherine Oyama, on November 16, testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the Stop Online Piracy Act.

In her testimony on on copyright legislation Oyama stated:

"We strongly support the goal of the bill -- cracking down on offshore websites that profit from pirated and counterfeited goods -- but we're concerned the way it's currently written would threaten innovation, jobs, and free expression. We are not alone in our concerns. Earlier this week, we joined eight other Internet companies -- AOL, eBay, Facebook, LinkedIn, Mozilla, Twitter, Yahoo!, and Zynga -- in a letter to Congress, echoing concerns voiced by industry associations, entrepreneurs, small business owners, librarians, law professors, venture capitalists, human rights advocates, cybersecurity experts, public interest groups, and tens of thousands of private citizens."

"Google takes the problem of online piracy and counterfeiting very seriously, devoting our best engineering talent and tens of millions of dollars every year to fight it. In the last year, we have:

  • Spent more than $60 million to weed out bad actors from our ad services
  • Shut down nearly 150,000 AdWords accounts, mostly based on our own counterfeit detection efforts
  • and so far this year, processed DMCA takedown requests targeting nearly 5 million items," said Oyama.

You can read her written and her oral testimony below:

Google testifies berore U.S. House Judiciary Committee

Written testimony

Oral testimony