21 Jan '12, 12pm

Hollywood and Silicon Valley in US piracy battle

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The anti-piracy battle gripping Washington and the Internet pits two United States (US) West Coast power bases directly against each other: Hollywood is taking on Silicon Valley over the right to make money online. Backing two controversial pieces of draft anti-piracy legislation, the Los Angeles-based entertainment industry is calling for non-US websites to be held to the same standards as US ones. But a couple of hundred miles up the coast, the giants at Google and Facebook are resisting at all costs at these moves which they claim will stifle development of the Internet - on which their own future, and income, depends. On Friday, US congressional leaders put anti-online piracy legislation on hold following a wave of protests led by Google and Wikipedia denouncing the bills as a threat to Internet freedom.

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