For those who tuned in late, SOPA is an invasive US anti-piracy act bringing web content providers in the legal line of fire. It is feared that the law could potentially break the internet as we know it by restricting free speech and opening internet entities to legal intimidation. Murdoch's vocal support for the bill is clearly because News Corporation also owns the film studio 20th Century Fox. This is especially true as the SOPA legislation aims provide law enforcement with overarching powers to prosecute anyone vaguely suspected of supporting piracy.
This is just nonsense", said a Google spokesperson in an email to CNET.com. The email clarified: "Last year we took down 5 million infringing Web pages from our search results and invested more than $60 million in the fight against bad ads...We fight pirates and counterfeiters every day".
Although Murdoch did an about-turn and called Google a "great company" through his subsequent tweets, it's clear that media houses are in favour of stripping the internet of its freedoms to uphold their interests. With the prospect of enforcing the SOPA act petering out, it seems ranting on the internet is all that SOPA supporters can do now.